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August 2024
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Imagining Deaf Spaces

Created by interior and communication design students from Heriot-Watt University, this open exhibition explores the concept of deaf spaces. The exhibition is free and available to visit throughout the duration of festival.  Accessibility: No ticket required.
09 Aug
All Day
Deaf Action
49 Albany St, Edinburgh EH1 3QY
An image of Holyrood park in Edinburgh at dusk. There is a large mountain in the foreground and Edinburgh city in the background.

Language and Landscape in Holyrood Park

Discover the stories and landscape of Holyrood Park in BSL. Historic Enviroment Scotland, together with Kings College London, have developed a self-guided BSL trail through Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park. Explore the fascinating history and landscape in BSL by scanning the QR codes located throughout the park. Learn about the geology and legends of Holyrood, the dark history of the Holyrood Coffins, ...
09 Aug
All Day
Holyrood Park
Queen’s Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG
Edinburgh Academy building

Edinburgh Deaf Heritage Tour – Alexander Blackwood

Hosted in: BSL Duration: 2.5 hours Age Suitability: 8+ (guideline) Price: £15 Location: Outside Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG Accessibility: Join us on our brand new Deaf Heritage Tour dedicated to the incredible life of Alexander Blackwood, Edinburgh’s own remarkable deaf pioneer. When scarlet fever left him deaf at the age of 7, it set the stage ...
09 Aug
10:00 - 12:30
Outside Waverley Gate
2 - 4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Sport Funfair

Hosted in: BSL Interpreted to: English Age Suitability: 7+ Price: £10 for 10 tokens (more can be purchased on the day) Accessibility: Come and join us for our mini sport funfair!  Are you a wiz at skipping rope? Are you a sharpshooter with an eye for the bullseye? Or maybe you’re the next Rory McIlroy and want to take on ...
09 Aug
12:00 - 16:00
Deaf Action – The Church
Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle BSL tour

Hosted in: BSL Interpreted to: English Duration: 2 hours Price: Various Accessibility: Set in the heart of Scotland’s dynamic capital city, Edinburgh Castle is sure to capture your imagination. Explore the Castle and discover the city’s deaf history with deaf tour guide Gordon Hay. *Due to unforeseen circumstances the tour on 13 August has now been moved to 15 August ...
09 Aug
12:00 - 14:00
Edinburgh Castle, Meet on Edinburgh Castle esplanade
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG
A table with various dice and pieces of paper. There are figurines of mythical creatures.

Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons

Hosted in: BSL Interpreted to: English Age Suitability: 13+ Price: Free Accessibility: Have you always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons? Well, now’s your chance!   Join us for an immersive journey into the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Learn the basics and get to grips with the rules in a fun and inclusive environment. Designed for absolute beginners, this accessible ...
09 Aug
17:00 - 19:00
Deaf Action – Geikie Suite
Edinburgh
The cast of Disorder performing on stage.

Disorder

Performed in: English with dance Captioned in: English Duration: 1 hour Price: £15 (full) / £13 (concession) Accessibility:       “Disorder” explores the duality that conceptions of order play in the lives of Cai Glover and Pierre-Olivier Beaulac-Bouchard and the roles they have been ordered into through their experiences with their respective identification with being d/Deaf. Cai is caught ...
09 Aug
21:00 - 22:00
Deaf Action – Blackwood Bar
49 Albany St, Edinburgh EH1 3QY
The back of someone's head looking at a wall of art at an exhibition. They have short brown hair and are wearing a white shirt. They have a tattoo running up the back of their neck.

Imagining Deaf Spaces

Created by interior and communication design students from Heriot-Watt University, this open exhibition explores the concept of deaf spaces. The exhibition is free and available to visit throughout the duration of festival.  Accessibility: No ticket required.
10 Aug
All Day
Deaf Action
49 Albany St, Edinburgh EH1 3QY
An image of Holyrood park in Edinburgh at dusk. There is a large mountain in the foreground and Edinburgh city in the background.

Language and Landscape in Holyrood Park

Discover the stories and landscape of Holyrood Park in BSL. Historic Enviroment Scotland, together with Kings College London, have developed a self-guided BSL trail through Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park. Explore the fascinating history and landscape in BSL by scanning the QR codes located throughout the park. Learn about the geology and legends of Holyrood, the dark history of the Holyrood Coffins, ...
10 Aug
All Day
Holyrood Park
Queen’s Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG
A group of people running in a park.

BSL Parkrun | Portobello

Hosted in: BSL Price: Free Meeting place: Figgate Park, Baileyfield Road, EH15 1NA Accessibility: Come and join the Edinburgh BSL parkrun group for your 5k fix. Walk, jog, or run at your own pace and take in some of Edinburgh’s hidden beauty spots. Afterwards, the group will head to a local café for the obligatory coffee and highly anticipated post-run ...
10 Aug
09:00 - 10:00
Figgate Park, Portobello
Figgate Park, Baileyfield Road, EH15 1NA
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