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The Wine Society: The Wines and Winemakers of South America

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12 September - 5:30am - 8:30pm
£30

The Wine Society welcomes guests to a walkaround tasting of over 30 wines from South America. With representatives from wineries in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay who are producing some of the most exciting wines that South America has to offer, this evening offers guests the chance to learn first-hand about a winemaking continent in which the only constant is change. The Wine Society welcomes guests to a walkaround tasting of over 30 wines from South America.

With representatives from wineries in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay who are producing some of the most exciting wines that South America has to offer, this evening offers guests the chance to learn first-hand about a winemaking continent in which the only constant is change.

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The Edinburgh Lindy Exchange presents Saturday Night Dance, part of ELX 2017

 Edinburgh Lindy Exchange
16 September, 8pm
 

Saturday Night Dance is the main event in the Edinburgh Lindy Exchange’s 10th Anniversary celebration programme. Returning to the grandeur of the Assembly Rooms, the sensational Hot Sugar Band will play music which will keep you dancing all night long.

The dress code is glam – think sequins and ties.Saturday Night Dance is the main event in the Edinburgh Lindy Exchange’s 10th Anniversary celebration programme. Returning to the grandeur of the Assembly Rooms, the sensational Hot Sugar Band will play music which will keep you dancing all night long. The dress code is glam – think sequins and ties.

For more information, visit: www.edinburghlindyexchange.co.uk

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

Judy vintage fair 
17 September, 11am - 4pm
£2 entry, free under 12-year-old

The UK’s leading vintage fair returns for its 10th year in one of the best turned-out cities. With everyone from art students to families in attendance, it truly is Scottish style at its best! Expect street stylists, cool hunters and top traders offering up tips on this autumn’s big season trends in vintage fashion, homeware, and even a snifter of designer-ware.The UK’s leading vintage fair returns for its 10th year in one of the best turned-out cities.With everyone from art students to families in attendance, it truly is Scottish style at its best! Expect street stylists, cool hunters and top traders offering up tips on this autumn’s big season trends in vintage fashion, homeware, and even a snifter of designer-ware.

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Artemis Doors Open Day 

Celebrating 250 years of Edinburgh's New Town, and Assembly Rooms’ 230th anniversary

Artemis Doors Open Day September
23 September, 10am - 4pm
Free entry

The Assembly Rooms will be throwing open its doors on Saturday 23 September, inviting members of the public to step into the jiving, jitterbugging fifties.

The inimitable Muriel and Jasper Wylie, champions of 1950s good taste and elegance and connoisseurs at the art of being simply marvellous, will be hosting lessons in the essentials of dance and etiquette. The classes will give visitors a fun filled hour learning the best moves and manners from the period.

The public can take inspiration from films and images displayed around the venue from the decade that gave us Rebel Without a CauseSome Like It Hot and Roman Holiday before enjoying some retail therapy at our vintage fair.

Our brilliant bar team will be serving an array of suitably retro refreshments from our dedicated café, as well as other drinks and snacks.

There will be also free guided tours of the venue throughout the day at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm (no prior booking is required).

Dance and etiquette classes will take place at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Details on pre-booking will be released shortly. 

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The Rum Festival

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30 September - 2 October, Various Times
£10.00 + Booking fees

Showcasing over 100 different rums including new and exclusive rums, producers and a variety of entertainment. On arrival you will be greeted by one of our Rumun’s; handed your Rum Festival glass (a gift for you to take home!) and a brochure, full of information on all the rums you can try, facts about each of our suppliers and the suggested garnish to compliment your drink.  

At our Edinburgh event our Rum Festival cocktail team will be mixing up some of the tastiest rum cocktails on the planet!

Throughout the event there will be live entertainment and dancing; talks from rum industry experts, tasty food to buy and above all lots of fun. If you’re new to rum don’t worry, our friendly Rumun’s will recommend a few to get you going or tell you all about their favourites.

THIS EVENT IS STRICTLY FOR OVER 18 YEARS OLD. (YOU MAY BE ASKED FOR ID)

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Lou Lou Vintage Fair

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8 October, 10am - 4pm
£2.50 entry, free under 12-year-old

Lou Lou’s award winning Vintage Fair returns to Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms on Sunday 10 December, alongside the UK’s finest vintage traders. Find 40 stalls of retro party season attire, homeware and collectables from the 1920s to 1980s, nestled in this stunning location.

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Bruce Dickinson: What Does This Button Do?

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20 October, 7pm
£33.00 + booking fee

Bruce Dickinson is a rock legend. One of the world’s most storied musicians, Bruce has been the internationally-acclaimed lead singer of Iron Maiden for more than 30 years, and he’s lived an extraordinary off-stage existence too.

A true polymath, Bruce is an airline pilot and captain, an aviation entrepreneur, a beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist, radio presenter, TV actor and a world-class fencer.

In an exclusive evening with the man himself, hear Bruce read from his forthcoming autobiography, What Does This Button Do? – the long-awaited window into the life, heart and mind of a Rock legend. 

Tickets cost £33.00 (+ booking fee) and include a ticket for the talk, a pre-signed hardback copy of What Does This Button Do? and a Trooper beer or soft drink.

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Ceilidh On OUT @ Hallowe’en

The out ball 
21 October
From £19.99 + booking fee

The Halloween LGBT+ Ball returns to the Assembly Rooms with top live ceilidh bands in the Ballroom and a lavish Hallowe’en themed discotheque in the Music Hall. Get lost in the sumptuous decor and unrivalled setting of the country's biggest and best event of its kind. This year’s Ball is helping to raise funds for Waverley Care with three bars, extra attractions and a new VIP Luxury Lounge package.

For more information and to book, visit: www.OutBall.scot

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Sotheby's Scottish Art Sale Travelling Exhibition

 
27 - 29 October - various times
Free entry

Sotheby’s is delighted to present another collection of leading Scottish art from the late 19th and 20th centuries, including a group of works by Contemporary Scottish artists. We are the only leading international auction house to hold a dedicated Scottish Art sale, which includes a travelling exhibition at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh from 27-29th October. We hope you can join us.

VIEWING

Friday, 27 October 9.30am – 5.00pm

Saturday, 28 October 9.30am – 5.00pm

Sunday, 29 October 9.30am – 1.00pm

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DF Concerts presents Kathy Griffin: Laugh Your Head Off Comedy World Tour 

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11 November - 7pm
 £27.50 + booking fee

She speaks! After two Emmys, a Grammy, decades of starring in television shows and touring, Kathy Griffin is launching her FIRST world tour after suddenly never being more in-demand. Armed with the story of the now infamous and controversial photo (yes…THAT photo), the fiery redheaded American comedian is bringing the story of the photo heard ‘round the world and the fallout that followed, along with breaking down everything in the pop-culture landscape.

Never has Ms. Griffin been more motivated to deliver the, most envelope-pushing, most hilarious comedy to the world. Describing her show, Griffin says, “My show isn’t for the faint of heart, so leave your kids at home. My motto is ‘Funny First.’ But don’t worry, we’ve got some serious smack talking to do about everything and everyone,” before adding, “with love, of course.”

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3D2D Christmas Craft, Art & Design Fair

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2 - 3 December, 10:30am - 5pm
 Admission price TBC

3D2D has more than twenty years’ experience organising quality selling events, large and small, uniting makers, artists and designers with the buying public. The popular fair returns to Edinburgh this December for a special Christmas craft show, allowing visitors to pick up unique presents and distinctive stocking fillers.

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Heritage Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms Edinburgh officially opened in January 1787 and ever since, the building has been at the heart of special occasions and celebrations in Scotland’s historic capital city, hosting royalty, celebrities and nobility.

Assembly Rooms has continued to evolve with the times, with major extensions, renovations and technological advances, all the while maintaining its impressive Georgian grandeur and first-class hospitality.

We have a fantastic heritage and history here at Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, not only as a significant building of social use, but as part of the historic Edinburgh Old town’s heritage and Edinburgh City as a whole.

Find out about our history, heritage and more using the links to the left and view our slideshow below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last month we hosted something a bit different, delivering the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival (EDEF), the first major festival of its kind dedicated to event cinema and virtual reality, exploring artistic and creative areas which utilise digital technology in their delivery and development.


Firstly, we want to say a big thank you to all who have supported and attended this year’s Digital Entertainment Festival.


The festival’s aim was to generate discussion and education around digital technology, and its use within the arts and entertainment sector while introducing visitors to further creative industries such as gaming, providing a wealth of insight and knowledge sharing opportunities.


A particular highlight for us was hearing from some of the country’s top experts in a range of areas including VR, gaming, next generation art and cinema, with talks and demonstrations from the National Theatre, BBC Studios, Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium Studios, Royal Shakespeare Company, NASA funded scientist Peggy Wu and more.


William Burdett-Coutts, Festival Director EDEF, Assembly and CEO Riverside Studios knew the festival was an ambitious idea and something completely new to The Edinburgh Festival. He said, “Digital is at the centre of all our lives and we are setting out to explore how the entertainment industry can work with the world of technology.”


The EDEF will be returning in 2017 and we invite you all along and hope to see you there.

2017 is worth getting excited about here at Assembly Rooms Edinburgh as we celebrate our 230th anniversary!

It was 1781 when a competition was launched to design a new Assembly Rooms for Edinburgh’s New Town, that itself celebrates its 250th Anniversary. Architect John Henderson was selected as winner of the competition and in 1783 the foundations of his revised designs were laid.

The official opening of the Assembly Rooms was of course in 1787, 230 years ago this month. Since then the building has evolved with the times, with major extensions, renovations and technology advances, but has always retained its impressive Georgian grandeur and hospitality.

We want to take the opportunity to thank all the staff, clients, partners, contributors and guests (we estimate over 30million!) for their part in our 230 year history. Ensuring the venues iconic presence in Edinburgh.

Now we look to the future, beginning this year and look forward to the many events and projects we have lined up. Further afield, we wonder what the next 230 years will hold and what our peers will be saying in the year 2247 (and what medium the will be communicating in!). Perhaps virtual reality will allow visitors from across the globe and beyond, and the invention of time-travel will allow us to revisit our opening in 1781!

Exciting times ahead.

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