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Tinderbox Orchestra: Live in Libraries Tour

Tinderbox Orchestra will bring its Live in Libraries Tour to Edinburgh to spread a campaign that gets musical instruments into public libraries so people can borrow them for free, just like books!

Tinderbox Orchestra: Live in Libraries Tour

About Tinderbox Orchestra: Live in Libraries Tour

8th August 2024
9th August 2024
10th August 2024
plus 6 more date(s), see below for more info
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Central Library Edinburgh
7 - 9 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1EG
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Ahead of this year’s World Music Day (21 June), Tinderbox Orchestra is pleased to announce that its ground-breaking 20-piece orchestra will undertake a tour of UK libraries to spread a national campaign to get musical instruments into public libraries, so people can borrow them for free, just like taking out a book. The tour will see rappers and singers performing alongside heavy brass, strings, woodwind and a thundering backline.

The We Make Music Instrument Libraries initiative has been growing in Scotland for the past few years and has now spread to over 10 local authorities and 30 community libraries across the country. Thousands of people have borrowed instruments and these libraries are introducing a whole package of music lessons, workshops, live gigs and events into their buildings, bringing crowds of new people into libraries and supporting music and educational opportunities for communities across Scotland.

The campaign started when a local youth music project run by Tinderbox Collective teamed up with Muirhouse Library in North Edinburgh, to enable children and families to borrow instruments during the summer holiday. It worked so well the idea got picked up by other library services and local music organisations, who formed a growing Scotland-wide collective, convened by the Music Education Partnership Group and We Make Music Scotland. They ran a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2022 which gathered donations of hundreds of second-hand instruments. These were serviced to a good standard and placed in libraries across the country, giving thousands of people the opportunity to try out saxophones, guitars, ukuleles, trumpets and all sorts of other instruments.

Tinderbox Orchestra are now taking this campaign and initiative further afield. Funded by PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders programme, they are bringing their five-star show and 20-piece band together with local acts to perform at libraries in Northern England and Scotland for the first leg of the tour with more dates to be announced soon. Initial dates include Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, Manchester’s Henry Watson Music Library, Leeds Central Library, and a run of 9 shows at Edinburgh’s Central Library as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where they will present their new show Outwith Words: Tinderbox Orchestra & Loud Poets, featuring collaborations with some of Scotland’s leading spoken word artists. A new crowdfunding campaign will accompany the tour with a call-out for second-hand instruments to help kickstart instrument libraries wherever they go. They plan to release a Live in Libraries album as part of the campaign, featuring performances and collaborations from different shows on the tour.

Tinderbox Orchestra will be touring to the south of England and Ireland later in the year (dates TBC) and would love to hear from libraries and cultural organisations interested in joining the campaign.

Additional Dates: 09 August 2024, 10 August 2024, 15 August 2024, 16 August 2024, 17 August 2024, 22 August 2024, 23 August 2024, 24 August 2024

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This talk is a behind-the scenes look at curating the National Trust for Scotland’s exhibition Ramsay and Edinburgh Fashion.

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Things Between Heaven and Earth

8th August 2024 - 26th August 2024
Edinburgh South

A psychological thriller with echoes of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Rosemary’s Baby: female "hysteria" vs sexual identity.

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The Electric 80s Show - Live @ Edinburgh Fringe

9th August 2024

Step inside the DeLorean, switch on the flux capacitor and get ready to go back in time with The Electric 80s Show at The Liquid Room on Friday 9th August!

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The Underground Lectures: ’A strong dash of herself’: Golden Age Mystery Writers and their Fictional Alter Egos

9th August 2024

If readers would traditionally ignore the authors themselves when reading a book, how does that experience change when a version of the author themself is a character?

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Is That Jazz?

9th August 2024 - 21st August 2024

Annaliesa Rose brings together her passion for music and her years of experience as a singer, musician and composer in this new show at The Royal Scots Club as part of the Fringe!

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Home Body - The Musical

Selected dates between 9th August 2024 - 16th August 2024
Edinburgh New Town

Marking its debut performance at Edinburgh Fringe 2024, Home Body is a new musical play incorporating contemplative original catchy songs.

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Hidden Orchestra

10th August 2024

Hidden Orchestra, an 'imagined orchestra' created by composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Acheson returns to Edinburgh for a night at La Belle Angele on Saturday 10th August!

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No Borders Comedy at the Edinburgh Festival!

10th August 2024

After sell-out success in Glasgow, Scottish Refugee Council is excited to bring our 'No Borders Comedy' to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 10th August!

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Murder At The Speakeasy

Selected dates between 10th August 2024 - 17th August 2024

Not Cricket Productions brings an interactive murder mystery event to the Fringe and 1920's dress is encouraged.

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Tofgam Card Game Championships – The Return

Selected dates between 10th August 2024 - 17th August 2024

Join the Tofgam Team for a fun family based card game event as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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22 Mirrors - A Musical Journey Through The Tarot

Selected dates between 11th August 2024 - 18th August 2024

22 Mirrors is an entrancing and intriguing experience, a magical journey through the Tarot. Catch it as part of the Fringe!

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Grace Campbell Is On Heat

12th August 2024 - 13th August 2024

About to enter her 30s, Grace Campbell has recently made some huge life changes... join her for her brand new show at The Queens Hall Edinburgh on 12th & 13th August!

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Look Who It Isnae - An Audience with Gavin Mitchell

12th August 2024 - 14th August 2024

Gavin Mitchell, acclaimed actor & comedian, presents an exclusive up close and personal show, offering audiences an unforgettable journey through his illustrious 30-year plus career in entertainment!

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Green Home Festival

12th August 2024 - 16th August 2024
Various Locations Edinburgh

The Green Home Festival returns from 12th to 16th August 2024 and features a variety of shows, including workshops, panel discussions and live demonstrations!

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Buffy Revamped

12th August 2024 - 17th August 2024

Satirical, funny and bursting with pop-culture references, Buffy Revamped at The Pleasance at EICC is the perfect parody for Buffy aficionados!

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Midnight Cowboy Radio

12th August 2024 - 17th August 2024

Midnight Cowboy Radio, a late night talk show and political satire by Ally Ibach, comes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

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Seven Steps to Feel Completely Happy Again

12th August 2024 - 23rd August 2024
Edinburgh Old Town

This is an equivocal play of self discovery of grief, death and dying. It questions if there really are seven steps to feel completely happy again.

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The Jive Aces

12th August 2024 - 24th August 2024

Get ready to swing with the UK's No. 1 jive and swing band, The Jive Aces at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

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Dear Billy

13th August 2024 - 25th August 2024

Produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, Dear Billy is a love letter to The Big Yin from the people of Scotland, don't miss it at the Assembly Rooms as part of the Fringe!

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The Hidden Garden

13th August 2024 - 26th August 2024

Award-winning multidisciplinary dance artist Jill Crovisier makes her UK debut with The Hidden Garden at Summerhall as part of the Fringe.

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The Underground Lectures: What Maps (Don’t) Tell Us

14th August 2024

In this lecture Hannah Fitzpatrick explores why maps are so captivating…and why we shouldn’t (always) use them to explain the world.

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Showhawk Duo

14th August 2024 - 16th August 2024

Come and celebrate 10 years of the Acoustic Rave with The Showhawk Duo at Stramash this August!

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The Underground Lectures: Bonnie Prince Charlie on the Battlefield

15th August 2024

Join Dr Arran Johnston as he examines the performance of Charles Edward Stuart as the military commander of the last Jacobite uprising.

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Paul Riley - the Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot!

15th August 2024 - 16th August 2024

In a career spanning over 35 years of acting, writing and performing, Paul Riley is delighted to announce his brand new stand-up show for 2024 “The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot”.

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Luminescence: Maria Rud & Tommy Smith

15th August 2024 - 17th August 2024

Don't miss this spellbinding audio-visual improvisation in the moment by internationally acclaimed artist Maria Rud and saxophonist Tommy Smith at St Giles' Cathedral from 15th - 17th August!

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CØLIBRI

15th August 2024 - 26th August 2024

CØLIBRI’s Electronica is like its totem animal: delicate, all finesse and hyperactive, offering us a very textured electronica, sometimes contemplative, sometimes dancing.

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The Sensational David Bowie Band

16th August 2024

An Edinburgh Fringe Special - The Sensational David Bowie Tribute Band, the UK's premier tribute to David Bowie, comes to La Belle Angele on 16th August!

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The Underground Lectures: Whisky Is For Everyone!

16th August 2024

If you are curious about the world of Scotch Whisky or finding the right one for you, then join Siobhan Sellers for an evening of tales, facts and recommendations!

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ABBA Gold The Concert - Live @ Edinburgh Fringe

16th August 2024 - 18th August 2024

The UK's number one tribute show - ABBA Gold The Concert performs live at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe this August.

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All Eyes and Ears

16th August 2024 - 26th August 2024

Thanks to All Eyes and Ears, you will learn everything about the mysterious and powerful relationship between music and cinema.

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Dog Life Drawing

Selected dates between 17th August 2024 - 24th August 2024

Escape the hubbub of the Fringe and spend a relaxing hour sketching in the company of canines as you make your own pawsome masterpiece(s) to take home with you!

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The Seas Are Rising: Stories of a Climate in Crisis

19th August 2024 - 25th August 2024

American songwriter Dan Sheehan brings a special one-man version of 'The Seas Are Rising: Stories of a Climate in Crisis' to the Fringe, emphasizing the immediate urgency of the climate crisis.

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Hailu Mergia

20th August 2024

Ethiopian keyboard and accordion-player Hailu Mergia brings his live trio to Edinburgh for a special Fringe show in August!

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For The Love of Shane MacGowan

20th August 2024 - 25th August 2024

This homage from John McLaughlin is a celebration of the life and works of one of the greatest artists of all time. So, let’s all raise a glass to Shane MacGowan at The Voodoo Rooms this August!

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Black is the Color of My Voice

20th August 2024 - 25th August 2024

Fringe First award winner Apphia Campbell's stunning solo show inspired by the life of Nina Simone returns in 2024!

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The Underground Lectures: Materialising the Cold War in Scotland

21st August 2024

This talk will examine Scottish experiences of the Cold War through the lens of material culture preserved by National Museums Scotland.

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The Underground Lectures: Phon Fiction: Descriptions of Speech in Novels

22nd August 2024

This talk will explore the limits of speech and how we describe it in fiction across genres and formats.

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Lawrence Chaney - From Holyrood To Hollywood

22nd August 2024 - 25th August 2024

Lawrence Chaney returns to the Fringe with a brand-new comedy show - From Holyrood To Hollywood!

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Troy Hawke: The Greeters Guild

23rd August 2024

In this show Troy examines his unlikely genesis and explores exactly why a well-dressed man simply being nice to people has caused such a kerfuffle.

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The Underground Lectures: Time Travelling with Nuclear Waste: How to Warn Future Generations about the Dangers of Toxic Waste

23rd August 2024

Time travel 10,000 years into the deep future with writer Jenna Al Ansari, who will be discussing the strange and fascinating things happening in nuclear waste disposal.

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Kathryn Williams & Withered Hand

24th August 2024

Don't miss two acclaimed singer-songwriters Kathryn Williams and Dan Willson (aka Withered Hand) at the Ghillie Dhu on 24th August!

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