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Night Walk for Edinburgh

16th November - 31st January 2020


The image of the street comes up on the screen you are holding. It appears that it has been shot in the exact location that you are standing in, almost as if it is in real time. A figure walks past on the video as another passes by in the real world, the two realities aligning. The sounds from the headphones are startlingly three-dimensional, further merging the two worlds in front of you. A female voice close behind you says: ‘so here I am in Edinburgh… As you listen, she begins to tell you where you are – you should be at the bottom of Advocates’ Close, looking out at Cockburn Street with your back to the steps… – and what you should do – now let’s turn around… and go up the stairs.


Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Night Walk for Edinburgh, one of the biggest hits of the Edinburgh international Festival 2019, takes you for a walk through Edinburgh’s Old Town, with an artist’s voice in your ears and magical scenes on a screen in your hand. Pick up a screen and a pair of headphones from Bookmarket, the Fruitmarket’s pop up shop and event space in Waverley Mall, and set off for an hour’s adventure. Following Janet Cardiff’s voice and walking in her footsteps, you will be led by the artwork to unravel a disjointed tale – part game-playing, part surrealistic poetry, perhaps even a murder mystery – layered with history, invention and memories.


Free Event

3.30PM - 5PM slots available every 15 minutes

To Book: Please visit the Fruitmarket's website to book (this will open in a new window).


Commissioned for the city of Edinburgh by The Fruitmarket Gallery and presented in partnership with Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay.

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Price: Free
Advice: Night Walk for Edinburgh involves c.120 steps up and 30 down, and uneven ground. Please dress for the terrain and the weather. For those who need it, we are pleased to offer a seated version, inside at Bookmarket, running daily at 3.45 and 4.45pm. Please call 0131 225 2383 or email to book.

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