Chinese Lanterns At St Giles’ Cathedral – Daytime (22nd Jan – 01st Feb)

Following last year’s spectacular presentation of Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ and in celebration of Burns Night and Chinese New Year falling on the 25th January, a stunning Chinese lantern installation has been created to transform Edinburgh’s famous St Giles’ Cathedral with a canopy of over 400 lanterns.

Experience a programme of free daytime events.

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Friday 24th January at 1.30pm

Local musicians Linda Campbell and Magnus Turpie perform a set of traditional Scottish music.


Monday 27th January 09:00 – 17:00

Join us throughout the day to immerse yourself in MANDALA an interactive soundscape by John Hails from Napier University. While playing with the traditional Chinese principles of yayue (‘Elegant Music’), John has created a series of interactive virtual instruments and you are invited to make additions to the melody and whilst immersed in the historic setting of St Giles’.


Tuesday 28th January at 1.30pm

This ensemble of Scots Music Group adult students will play some of the tunes used by Robert Burns for his songs: some may be familiar, while others are older tunes used before the ones currently favoured. There will be some singing too and a Chinese tune.


Wednesday 29th January at 1.30pm

Edinburgh-born Bob Murray will sing some of Burns’ songs alongside other favourites.


Friday 31st January at 1.30pm

Nigel’s Allstars, a Scots Music Group, present a mixed instrument musical session led by Nigel Gatherer.


Saturday 1st February at 1.30pm

The Canons’ Gait Session Band get together every week for some fun playing traditional Scottish music in a pub session. They’re temporarily moving from pub to High Kirk with a fine mix of tunes. Prepare to tap your toes!


As a site of meditation and reflection for almost 1000 years, St Giles’ will be host to two taster sessions of the traditional martial art form, Tai Chi. These free, drop-in sessions are introductory level – no previous experience required. If you are feeling shy, you are of course free to just have a peek and enjoy the zen ambience as you explore the rest of the Cathedral!

Tuesday 28th January from 3.30pm to 4.30pm – Bob, Tai Chi Study Group

Thursday 30th January from 1.00pm to 2.30pm – James, Edinburgh Tai Chi


Join us for a range of Burns and Chinese New Year themed family activities, including our new ‘Tae a Rat’ animal themed trail.

Make sure you don’t miss out on a visit ‘Hame’ , an interactive installation where you can reflect on the shared theme of ‘Homecoming’  and tell us about what home and family mean to you this coming year!


Daily 10-minute talks with one of our brilliant volunteer guides about our beautiful Burns stained glass window created in 1985 by Icelandic artist Leifur Breidfjord, celebrating the life of Robert Burns.

St. Giles’ Cathedral, High Street

Wednesday 22 January – Saturday 1 February

Daytime Entry:
Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm | Free un-ticketed

Evening Illumination
Each evening 5.30pm – 8pm | Tickets £5 (inc. booking fee)

Evening Illumination Sessions