Five Things to Do in Edinburgh: Saturday September 1

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Your pick of the city’s nights out

• EXHIBITION: Love Pets. Exhibition for people and families who are passionate about their pets. Meet experts from the pet industry, talk about your pets, get useful information and advice and view the products available to buy. There are lots of animals to see and touch.Unfortunately, due to health and safety regulations, you can not bring your own pets. Among the attractions are Mark Wylie and his duck herding demonstration; Crufts winner Heather Smith and her dancing dog, Maddie; Errol and Hedwig, the Harry Potter owls; giant rabbits, ragdoll cats, donkey, pygmy goats and an emu, ferret racing and cool creatures like spiders, snakes, reptiles and more, in 70 exhibition stands. Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, 10am-5pm, on-line tickets: adults £8, child £3, family £20, concession £5 (on the door £10, £4, £24, £7) under 5 free. Visit

• DANCE: Hora: Batsheva Dance Company. A thrilling spectacle of movement in a company that works without soloists. Set against a luminous background, the dancers’ athleticism, technique and energy take centre stage. Led by Ohad Naharin. Isao Tomita’s soundtrack blends works by Wagner, Ives and Debussy with music from Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Playhouse, Greenside Place, 7.30pm, £10-£30, 0131 473 2000

• OPERA: Clemency. Sarah and Abraham are visited in their old age by three travellers who claim that Sarah is to have a new child. Talk turns to a mission of vengeance, and a horrifying plan leaves them pleading for their neighbours’ lives. Clemency puts a contemporary twist to a Biblical tale by James MacMillan The 50-minute work is for five singers and string orchestra. King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 4pm, £12.50-£25, 0131 473 2000

• MUSIC: Belshazzar’s Feast. Walton’s much-loved work is one of the composer’s most acclaimed pieces, telling of the Jews’ regaining of their freedom following the fall of the Babylonian King Belshazzar. Welsh-born baritone Neal Davies takes the demanding solo part, after Ives’s The Unanswered Question and Morton Feldman’s Coptic Light. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 8pm, £12-£42, 0131 473 2000

• MUSIC: In The Locked Room and Ghost Patrol. Two short operas exploring the capacity of the mind to shape our lives through imagination or memory. Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, noon, £25 (returns only), 0131 473 2000