Spring is settling in and a sense of growing excitement and optimism is in the air.  Let’s enjoy it with our selection of 5 things to do this month in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh International Science Festival, various venues, 2nd April – 19th April

Each year Edinburgh welcomes one of Europe’s largest science festivals where various activities and projects are on offer.
We recommend two events held by brainwaves about languages:

“Is it ever too late to learn a second language?” on 15th April

“Speaking Our Minds” on 15th April

Beltane Fire Festival, Calton Hill, 30th April

Welcome the Spring with the Beltane Fire Society. Make your way up Calton Hill to observe pyrotechnics, processions and masses of body paint.

Ponte City, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, until 26th April

Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse’s photography exhibition comes to an end this month. It is not too late to appreciate this creative approach to social documentary photography on Ponte City: a skyscraper in Johannesburg that was originally intended as a luxury apartment block for white South Africans but, post-apartheid, has become home to immigrants and refugees from other African nations.

Nick Cave, the Edinburgh Playhouse, 28th April

Don’t miss the intimate show of the multi-talented artist Nick Cave. He will be joined in his solo performances by Warren Ellis (guitar/violin/Mandolin/loops), Martyn Casey (bass), Thomas Wydler (drums) and Barry Adamson (keys/vibes) to present songs from across his considerable catalogue, including selections from 2013′s Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album Push The Sky Away.

“The aim is to try to create a unique show – something special and out of the ordinary”– Nick Cave

Roy Lichtenstein, National gallery of Modern Art, until 10th January 2016

You have plenty of time to enjoy the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition as it runs until next year but why not enjoy it this month? His pop work brings an extra burst of colour to springtime in Edinburgh.

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