- See, hear and smell the fusion of art and science in Edinburgh Science Festival exhibition series, Syncrasy
- Bong Joon-ho leads Cinehall programme of apocalypse thrillers and nature documentaries
- A live music line-up with chemistry: Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5, Grace Petrie and David Ford & Jarrod Dickenson
We’re shaking off the winter blues and slipping on our lab coats – the Edinburgh Science Festival returns to Summerhall. An interactive library of food additives, apocalypse movies and the backdrop of our former Vet School home combine to make Summerhall the perfect place to experience the satisfying, gloopy compound that is Art(Science)2
Art, science and technology combine in our science festival exhibition series, Syncrasy. Co-curated by Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science, Syncrasy is made up of three exhibitions, We Began As Part of The Body by Beverley Hood, Oscillations by Victoria Evans and E-Number V2.0 by Sneha Solanki. Each exhibition plays with how we understand and interact with the world around us – from the microorganisms that produce artificial flavours in our food, to the ethical questions around artificial skin cells, to the music made by the tide. Syncrasy invites audiences to smell the food additives that now form such a large part of our diets and get up close and personal with scaled-up models of human skin cells.
In our newly established Summerhall Cinema programme, Cinehall, nature documentaries meet apocalyptic thrillers in a science inspired lineup. British zombie flick 28 Days Later and climate-change chiller The Day After Tomorrow sit alongside Cane Toads: The Conquest and (the frankly adorable) March of the Penguins. On 17 April we’ve got kids classic Finding Nemo, followed by Academy Award-winner and Parasite director Bong Joon-ho’s creature-feature thrill ride Host on 18 April.
The team behind Edinburgh Hogmanay’s Message From the Skies, Bright Side Studios, bring their new interactive installation to Summerhall’s Old Lab. Elemental invites audiences to explore the four elements the ancient Greeks believed made up the universe: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. On this magical multi-sensory journey, children and adults alike will move through an intriguing, immersive digital world in which magic meets alchemy and alchemy meets science.
Slightly less scientific but just as much fun, our live music lineup for the start of Spring has a whole lot of chemistry. Our songwriters circle night All Work Together brings Carla J. Easton, Withered Hand and Rachel Sermanni to the same stage on Friday 3 April; Genre-hopping party band Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 rock up on Saturday 18 April; there’s the return of folk singer Grace Petrie on Tuesday 21 April; on Thursday 23 April there’s a special double headline show from singer-songwriters David Ford and Jarrod Dickenson.
All exhibitions are free. Check the Summerhall website for gig, film and installation tickets – we can’t wait to welcome you to Summerhall this April!