- Published: Thursday, 21 September 2017 08:53
- Written by James Bruce
Visitors to the Assembly Rooms will have the chance to relive the jiving, jitterbugging fifties as the prestigious George Street venue joins other buildings in the city, and throughout Scotland, in opening its doors to the public on Saturday 23 September.
In celebration of the A-list landmark’s 230th anniversary year, the Assembly Rooms will host an extra special Doors Open Day, capturing the verve and flair of the 1950s - an era known for its sense of style, trendsetting music and exuberant dance - with a range of fun-filled activities.
From 10am to 4pm, the public are invited in to shop, snack and explore while the inimitable Muriel and Jasper Wylie, champions of 1950s good
taste and elegance from Artemis Scotland, will be hosting lessons in the essentials of dance and etiquette.
Shona Clelland, cultural venues development manager for Assembly Rooms, said: “We’re truly immersing people in the culture and heritage of the fabulous 50s with classes which will allow 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 Cause, Some Like It Hot and Roman Holiday before enjoying some retail therapy at our vintage fair.
“There will be a café open serving suitably retro refreshments from our brilliant bar team as well as other drinks and snacks.”
Councillor Ian Campbell, Vice Culture and Communities Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The annual Doors Open Day is a fantastic opportunity to indulge in a celebration of Edinburgh’s architecture, culture and heritage. At Assembly Rooms, visitors will be invited in to explore what truly is a captivating and impressive venue which has been at the heart of special occasions in the city for more than two centuries.
“The knowledgeable team will be hosting a series of 1950s-themed tours over the course of the day, telling the story of the Assembly Rooms’ unique history, and showcasing the building’s beautiful chandeliers, Coade stone statues and ornate plasterwork which make the setting so unique. Don’t miss it.”
The Doors Open Day event has become one of Scotland’s most popular free days out, with hundreds of structurally, culturally and socially significant buildings participating in the free celebration of our extraordinary country.
Assembly Rooms will welcome visitors from 10am – 4pm and free guided tours will take place throughout the day, running at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Classes with Muriel and Jasper will take place at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Spaces for these classes are limited and so pre-booking is essential.