April Foolery Events: The UPDATED Story So Far

By its nature, April Foolery is going to be the kind of event where lots of things happen at the last minute. Spontaneity is fantastic, and I love the idea that events will happen and you’ll just have to be in the right place at the right time –  unrepeatable, unlicenseable (my linguistic contribution for today) and beautiful. However, there are also plenty of events that are being planned in advance, so I’m putting together a list.

A few people have asked me if the list will be distributed secretly, by password perhaps, so that we’re not giving information to anyone who might want to stop our events. I’ve given it a lot of thought, but I actually think we should be open about what we’re doing. Yes, these events will be technically illegal and I don’t want to give anyone involved the wrong impression about that. But they’re not disruptive, malicious or anything we need to be secretive about. Let’s be proud of our art forms and tell people where they can find us! If anyone from the police or council turns up to ask you to stop what you’re doing, be polite to them and acquiesce, but do let us know about it.

In the meantime, here are the events I know about so far:


George Square, 14.00Ukuleles Unite Against the Public Entertainment License


Time and venue to be confirmed – Sitar/Tabla performance by POLSITAR.

There are also small events which will post details nearer the time – you can keep an eye out for developments on Dundee’s own April Foolery event page.


Rhubaba, Arthur Street, 11.00 – 12.00 – The Breakfast Lectures : A one off series of lectures, short and to the point. Come join them for a coffee, some cornflakes and a thought provoking couple of lectures.

Meeting outside the King’s Theatre, 11.00 – 16.00 – April Woolery: A group of knitting and spinning experts doing knitting graffiti and giving lessons and demonstrations to the public!

Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Street, 11.00 – 15.00 – Jock Tamson’s Brunch : A multicultural family brunch featuring foods and flavours inspired by Jock Tamson’s Bairns Exhibition. First seen at Previously, Scotland’s Festival of History, this very powerful photographic exhibition celebrates the great contribution migrant people make to Scotland’s cultural wealth. Pictures of nine inspiring people are supported by deeply moving personal stories told in their own words. Music by Zawadi Alba Women’s Choir.  (NB: There is a charge for the food at this event – £5 for 3 portions from different cultures.)

Spoon Cafe, Nicolson Street, around 12.00 – The Whisky River Boat Band : A five-piece acoustic band. These intrepid musicians will be cycling from Edinburgh to North Berwick, making seven stops for gigs along the way. Click the link to see their full itinerary!

Meeting outside Louis Vuitton just off St Andrew’s Square, 12.00 – 12.30 – Sound of Music Protest : Get together and sing about your favourite things about Edinburgh’s grassroots arts!

Stick Factory, 13.00 to 17.00 – Nothing to See/Hear:  An afternoon of family-friendly events including music, spoken word, theatre and egg rolling. Artists wishing to take part or anyone willing to help out should contact Mike Usher via the Facebook event page.

The Brass Monkey, Leith, 15.00 – Monkey Say No : Arts and crafts, films, fantastic food! Come and see the work of local artists Arwen Duncan, the Nineteen Eighty Five Design Collective, Verity Keniger and Ursula Cheng, Forged Films and the AND AND art collective.

The Jazz Bar, 15.00 to 18.00 – Hair of the Dog Sundays: The April Fools’ Day ShowcaseAn amazing lineup of free live music featuring Homesick Aldo, A Band Called Cadence, Mairi Orr and the Borrowed Band, and The Trongate Rum Riots.

Collective, Cockburn Street, 15.00 – 19.00 – Soapbox Presentation : A fast-paced presentation event featuring Fiona Jardine, James Hutchinson, Ramon Wilkinson, Lucy Keany, Chi Zhang and Dr Dominic Paterson, followed by drinks and a closing event.

The Banshee Labyrinth, 16.00 – 19.00 – Edinburgh 48 Hour Film Project Preview Party: A free screening of some of the most hilarious films ever to be made in just 48 hours!

Word of Mouth Cafe, Albert Street, 18.30 – 20.00 – Free Art Event : We will be screening a selection of film and video from the last 3 years of LowDef, to be shown alongside art work provided by And And.

The Third Door (formerly Medina), 21.00 – April Foolery Final DestinationThe after party! Acts are still very much tbc – anyone interested in taking part via live music, art exhibition, spoken word recital, pop-up shop, film screening, dj set etc, please email Morvern Cunningham via morvster1@yahoo.co.uk and we’ll get you on the programme. And if you are participating in the wider April Foolery event, why not bring your instruments/art down on the night and we’ll try to find a slot/space for you to show your stuff!

Those are just the things I know about for definite, the events that are on Facebook. There’ll be plenty more going on – I know many people are organising mini-events or simply making a point of going out and doing something artistic, so wherever you are I hope there will be something to enjoy. Rumours I’ve heard indicate that the Meadows would be a good place to go if you fancy a bit of music or watching open-air theatre rehearsals, that Southside residents should keep an eye on The Meadow Bar and that there’ll be all sorts of interesting thing happening on and around Leith walk.

There’s still time to add to this list, so if you’re planning something and want it to be mentioned here, email jennifermcgregor@gmail.com or leave a comment!


About jenbitespeople

Edinburgh-based writer, dramaturg and director. Here you'll find posts about my work, mental health, arts politics and whatever else happens to catch my attention.

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