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The top 10 things to do in Edinburgh this week

Written by
Niki Boyle

May kicks off with a bank holiday to celebrate the start of summer, so we've extended this week's Top 10 to include one or two activities on the bank holiday Monday.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Mon Apr 27-Sat May 9
Mark Haddon's best-selling novel about 'a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties' hits the live stage courtesy of National Theatre, touring the production following a rapturous reception in the West End. 

Nick Cave, The Edinburgh Playhouse, Tue Apr 28
The gothic prince plays a special stripped-down show, accompanied by only a handful of his most trusted Bad Seeds.

Tribe: MTV/Holi Festival of Colours, Liquid Room, Wed Apr 29
Club MTV's DJ R3wire and MC Varski team up with the Tribe residents to celebrate the Holi festival of colours, with dry paint being fired out of CO2 cannons - wear white to make the most of it.

Beltane Fire Festival, Calton Hill, Thu Apr 30
The end of winter is here at last – so say the Beltane Fire Society, who herald the arrival of spring with pyrotechnics, processions and masses of body paint. Join the masses atop Calton Hill to observe them casting off the shackles of winter the old old fashioned way (and check out our scorching Beltane photo gallery if you need further convincing).

Bank Holiday weekend, Sat May 2-Mon May 4
We figured you might want to make the most of the bank holiday weekend, so we put together a handy holiday feature detailing all the best activities, club nights and assorted what-have-you. Don't say we're not good to you.

British Roller Derby Championships, Meadowbank Stadium, Sat May 2
Auld Reekie Roller Girls host the second leg of the inaugural British Roller Derby Championships, with teams from Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh facing off in a full day of derby action. If you don't fancy attending for the full day, the home team plays Glasgow in the final match from 5pm.

Jackhammer, Liquid Room, Sat May 2
The techno night welcomes special guests Mike Dearborn (Djax Up Beats, Majesty) and Billy Nasty (Tortured, Electrix). 

Old Town Street Food Festival, The Three Sisters, Sun May 3
Populist Cowgate bar The Three Sisters makes the most of both its expansive courtyard with an all day celebration of capital street food, with live music, DJs and cocktails thrown in. All Mixed Up, Zoete Koek, Big Meaty Sandwich Co, Adeji Chicken Shack, Harajuku Kitchen and All American BBQ are the vendors who'll be dishing up the eatables, with other entertainment still tbc.

Village Pub Theatre: May the Fourth be With You, The Village Pub, Mon May 4
VPT present an evening of short plays themed around May 4. There may or may not be a 'Star Wars' theme (there probably will).

Roy Lichtenstein, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, until Sun Jan 10
Not checked out the Modern's exhibition on one of the most radical and influential artists of the 20th century yet? This long weekend's your perfect opportunity.

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