APRIL 2014 in Edinburgh

Our eyes, ears and mouth guide of top tips for things to do in Edinburgh this April 2014.            

Shop: Walker Slater

For the artist, artisan, and aristocrat in all of us; a heritage from the loom. Tweed and other natural fibre clothing for all occasions. Walker Slater has grown naturally from starting in the Highlands in 1989 and have harnessed its years of tailoring experience; in Edinburgh's cobbled Old Town to create rugged tweed jackets and coats, beautiful three pieces suits, and exquisitely handcrafted luggage.

Victoria Street | walkerslater.com

Visit:  Wha's like us?: A nation of dreams and ideas'

This exhibition presents a selection of outstanding achievements by Scots and Scotland. Some are well-known, some are forgotten, but all are worth remembering and celebrating.

For centuries Scotland has been a hot-bed of ideas, innovation, creativity, and dreams. Where would the world be without the telephone or television or Dolly the sheep? Why did readers round the globe take so much delight in the works of Robert Burns and Walter Scott? Why is it that traditional Scottish clothing, drink and food so widely known?

’til 18 May|National Library, George IV Bridge | nls.uk/exhibitions

Drink: Bon Vivant

The leading after-hours cocktail stop. Grab a table if you're arriving late enough for the restaurant section to have emptied, and make the barman get his big grinder out by ordering a mandarinha – Beija-Flor cachaça, mandarin syrup, lime juice and black pepper. Or, if it's on the specials board, try a Hennessy Smash – a cognac and strawberry drink served, incongruously, in a half-pint tankard.

55 Thistle Street | 0131-225 3275 | bonvivantedinburgh.co.uk

Enjoy: Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014

Edinburgh International Science Festival opens this weekend with events happening across Edinburgh from 5-20 April. There's something for everyone with a programme ranging from family shows and workshops to through provoking discussions and debates, and even a few big nights out. Don't miss Science Festival Lates and Nobel Laureate, Peter Higgs in conversation at The Queen's Hall. 

5 - 20 May  | across the City | sciencefestival.co.uk/

See: Scottish Opera’s: Macbeth

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, revives his brooding, atmospheric Macbeth in celebration of the 2014 Year of Homecoming. Inspired by events in the war-torn Balkans, Hill’s production is at once contemporary and ageless; a world of camouflage-clad leaders and grungy, chain-smoking witches, where power is all, but it comes at a price….

08 - 10 April | Festival Theatre | www.scottishopera.org.uk

See: Matthew Bournes Swan Lake

Premiering at Sadler’s Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. The director/choreographer blends dance, humour and spectacle with extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston, to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times. Now firmly crowned as a modern-day classic, this iconic production is perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble.

22 - 26 April | Festival Theatre | swanlaketour.com

Enjoy: GastroFest

This new venture for Edinburgh International Science Festival will deliver a unique events exploring the science of Scottish food and drink. 

Proposed events and ideas include: Molecular Magic, where you can create and enjoy daring dishes that merge traditional Scottish favourites with a modern twist; Future Cocktails which will teach you the scientific secrets and hands-on techniques that will enable you to make cocktails that are out of this world; Nature's larder, bringing you meals with incredible biodiversity.

5 – 20 April  | Various Venues, Edinburgh |  sciencefestival.co.uk

See: Louise Bourgeois, A Woman Without Secrets

The National Galleries of Scotland is proud to announce a major presentation of works by the great French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) in an exhibition entitled Louise Bourgeois, A Woman Without Secrets at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Highlighting her late work, the exhibition is a first showing of an outstanding collection of works by Louise Bourgeois now on loan to the national ARTIST ROOMS programme.

’til 18 May | Modern One | http://www.nationalgalleries.org/