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.
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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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.
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