2013 events guide: The perfect Mix for another great year

Little Mix, performing at the Playhouse in January. Picture: PA
Little Mix, performing at the Playhouse in January. Picture: PA
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IT’S almost the end of another year, and what a 12 months it’s been.

The thrill of the Olympics, which reached out to every corner of the country, will be a hard act to follow, but thankfully the Capital is not short on events, exhibitions and activities to help keep you entertained.

So as you ponder your New Year resolution and wonder how you’ll fill the weekends take a glance at this quick guide to just some of the highlights 2013 will be bringing your way.


• Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, April 17, city centre - www.uk.competitor.com/edinburgh

Fitness enthusiasts and music lovers will be looking out their blue suede running shoes again in April when the Edinburgh Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon returns for a second year.

The event, which had grown a huge following after being held in Madrid, Portugal and several cities across the US, debuted in Edinburgh earlier this year, with 5000 people taking part.

And organisers said they hoped next year’s event – which will again see runners encouraged to keep on going by an array of live rock bands performing along the route – would be bigger and even better, with up to 7000 competitors expected.

• The Edinburgh Kiltwalk, May 19, Murrayfield Stadium (start) - www.thekiltwalk.co.uk

This charity event will be aiming to raise as much money as possible for groups including the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, and will see kilt-clad walkers will enter Murrayfield Stadium through the South tunnel, walk the length of the pitch in front of the main stand to the strains of a lone piper, before crossing the finishing line the applause of their fellow walkers, family and friends. The 26-mile walk will be led off by Scotland rugby star Chris Paterson, and the route will run past Cramond, Newhaven, the Shore and Portobello before going back through Holyrood Park.

And for those not quite up to 26 miles, there are 13-mile and 10km options.

• Edinburgh Moon Walk, June 8, Leith Links (start) - www.walkthewalk.org

One of the city’s most eye-catching events returns next year, with thousands of women and men expected to take to the night-time city streets in nothing but some brightly decorated bras in order to raise money to help tackle breast cancer. This year’s even starts at the new location of Leith Links, and will feature a quarter marathon relay event called New Moon and the 52-mile double Moon Walk Over the Moon, for those who think the 26 miles just isn’t tough enough.

• 2013 Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Champions Tour, June, Raeburn Place - www.atpworldtour.com

If you prefer watching sport to taking part of course then there will be nothing better than the ATP Champions Tour, coming to the Capital for the first time next year and likely to bring legends such as John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and Tim Henman showing off their skills.


• Bootleg Film Festival, March 22-24, The Banshee Labyrinth - www.bootlegfilmfestival.com

While the resurgent International Film Festival will be back in June, film fans too eager to wait for a look at some truly unusual feature will be flocking to the Bootleg Film Festival. Started in the basement gallery of a Glasgow coffee shop in 2008, the event has already travelled to Swansea, London and Toronto and next year will be coming to the Capital with organisers saying the vaults and chambers of the Banshee Labyrinth would provide the perfect backdrop for festival screenings.

• Roman Polanski: Presented by Drambuie, January 20 - February 4, Filmhouse - www.filmhouse-cinema.com

This retrospective of Polanski, above, will cover everything from the absurdist beginnings of Cul-de-Sac through to the Academy Award-winning sophistication of The Pianist as it explores the career of one of the 20th (and 21st) century’s most enduring filmmakers, exploring the themes of isolation, violence and alienation that recur throughout his career.

• Cloud Atlas, General release, February 2013

Filmed in the Capital in September 2011, this epic feature starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, adapted from the novel by author David Mitchell, follows six storylines, which range from scenes set in the South Pacific in the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic world.

Hanks and Berry will be in the Capital at various points in the next seven days, with filming also expected to take place on the Scott Monument.

• The Railway Man, General release, April 2013

Those looking to spot the Capital on the silver screen will also want to see this take on the story of Edinburgh-born Second World War prisoner of war Eric Lomax, played by Colin Firth, who spent years in Japan’s notorious Changi prisoner of war camp. Starring Hollywood A-listers Firth and Nicole Kidman, the film was shot at a variety of location in Edinburgh and the Lothians, including the Cockenzie and Port Seton British Legion.


• Little Mix, January 29, Edinburgh Playhouse - www.edinburghplayhouse.org.uk

The girl group who shot to fame after becoming the first band to win The X Factor will head to the Capital as part of their latest UK tour which will see the four-piece girl band of Perrie, Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Jade perform across 18 venues in the first two months of 2013.

• The Yamato Drummers, February 19, Festival Theatre - www.edtheatres.com/festival-theatre

Returning to the UK for their 20th anniversary world tour, Yamato will be presenting their news show ROJYOH: The Beat on the Road and audiences can expect he kind of mesmeric and dynamic performances which have made this group such a success worldwide.

• Elvis Costello and the Imposters: 13 Revolvers, June 16, Festival Theatre - www.edtheatres.com/festival-theatre

The singer, who released his 24th studio album, National Ransom, in 2010, will play 16 dates across the UK in May and June next year, and fans can expect to see a return of the segment that sees Costello and his band asking members of the audience to spin a huge wheel and select the next song in the set.


• Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour: Eat, Pray, Laugh!, November 5-9, Festival Theatre - www.edtheatres.com

Comedian Barry Humphries, aka Dame Edna Everage, who announced his retirement in March this year, will be performing the Scottish leg of his farewell tour at the Festival Theatre. As well as tackling the big issues of gender, ethnicity and climate change, the show will also see turns by Humphries’ alter-alter egos, the boorish Sir Les Patterson and elderly gentleman Sandy Stone.

• Cats, February 9-March 2, Edinburgh Playhouse - www.edinburghplayhouse.org.uk

Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s extraordinary record-breaking, smash-hit musical comes to the Capital to give Edinburgh audiences a chance to see one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history,

• Derren Brown, May 6-11, Edinburgh Playhouse - www.edinburghplayhouse.org.uk

Promising a night out unlike any other, Derren Brown returns to the stage with a brand new live show which will see the master of psychological illusion, fresh from the hugely successful two-year run of his Oliver award-winning show Derren Brown: Svengali will once again mesmerise, shock and entertain.


• Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East, From March 8, The Queen’s Gallery - www.royalcollection.org.uk

Historic photographs and previously unseen diary extracts charting a royal visit to Bethlehem 150 years ago will be on display in this fascinating look at the educational trip made by Queen Victoria’s eldest son, King Edward VII, and photographer Francis Bedford, to the Middle East in 1862 when he was the Prince of Wales.

• Witches and Wicked Bodies, July 27-November 3, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - www.nationalgalleries.org

A chance to delve into the world of witches and Wicked Bodies in a major new exhibition which looks at how witchcraft has been depicted by artists over the past 500 years, and includes including works by Francisco de Goya and William Blake, as well as one of the first ever images of a witch on a broomstick.

• The House of Annie Lennox, March 23-May 26, Scottish National Portrait Gallery - www.nationalgalleries.org

Annie Lennox, right, one of the nation’s most internationally acclaimed singer-songwriters, will present her exhibition which focuses on the artist’s work over three decades, as a performer, singer-songwriter, recording artist and political activist. Tracing her career from its early beginnings, the exhibition includes The Tourists, Eurythmics and her solo work through to the present day, with an array of stunning photographs, iconic videos, and a dazzling selection of costumes taken from her personal archive.