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Cubes on Tour: Edinburgh Book Festival

A closeup of a persons face peering into a growing cube. There is a purple light reflecting in the glass panes of the cube and plants in the foreground.
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FREE TO USE PUBLICITY PICS. 23/6/2022. Pics of specially designed ‘show cubes’ at The V&A Dundee, which create striking musical installations featuring programmable light and quadraphonic sound. The installation, called ‘Cubes of Perpetual Light’, forms part of Dandelion. Inside the cubes are living plants. Pictured, is Louise Gowans, from Perth, visiting the installation.

  • Calendar 13 - 29 Aug 2022


Edinburgh International Book Festival, 13–29 August

There’s no place like Edinburgh in August – and we’re creating a one-off installation especially for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Our Cubes of Perpetual Light aren’t just miniature growing laboratories. They’re also the inspiration for new music.
We’ve invited a range of leading musicians from home and abroad to create 13 new music commissions for our Cubes, all inspired by themes of sustainability and growth.

To discover more about the music playing in our Cube Installations visit the artists page.

Entry to the Book Festival Village is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome. The Festival's home is Edinburgh College of Art, a charming, leafy courtyard with lovely old listed buildings, which house our venues, cafes, bars, bookshop and broadcast studios. Pop in for a visit, it's a wonderful space to sit, talk, think, play and be entertained. The site also has free WiFi for visitors. You can see a favourite author, enjoy a cuppa in the café, a beer in the bar, or simply park yourself on the grass (with or without a book) and soak up the atmosphere. You don't need a ticket to an event to enjoy the Book Festival village

Edinburgh College of Arts
Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF

Venue and Access Information


The nearest station is Edinburgh Waverley. From Glasgow, trains run from Glasgow Queen Street and journey times are approximately 50mins. Trains run every 30mins throughout the day.

By bus:
From Edinburgh Waverley, No 27 Bus leaves from Hanover Street (Stop GK) every 6mins to Chalmers Street ( 5 stops). Journey time is approximately 11 min. It is a 1min mostly flat walk to Edinburgh College of Art.


There are gender neutral toilets, a wheelchair accessible toilet and a fully accessible Changing Places toilet, complete with a hoist and changing table (please provide your own sling).


There are some accessible parking spaces in the forecourt of Edinburgh College of Art that are prioritised for Blue Badge holders. This area can also be used as a drop-off point if extra room is required. There is an additional drop-off point at the entrance on Lauriston Place for all visitors.


The Edinburgh International Book Festival is an international showcase celebrating the written word, literature and ideas. It brings leading and emerging international, British and Scottish authors and thinkers together to inspire each other and audiences in an extensive programme of public events.

The Book Festival’s site at Edinburgh College of Art is fully wheelchair accessible. There are wheelchairs to borrow. Please call the Box Office on 0345 373 5888 or email [email protected] if you require assistance.

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard discreetly indicates to staff that visitors may need additional support or help. Lanyards are available at the entrance.

A comfortable quiet space on the Book Festival site has been created for anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle for a while. Please ask a member of staff for directions.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and soft drinks into the Book Festival Village and relax on the grass – you don’t have to have bought a ticket to see an event. There is a drinking water tap to fill up water bottles.

Assistance dogs are welcome.



Edinburgh College of Arts

Edinburgh College of Arts
Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF