Open Beta Map App for Doors Open Days

Another weekend – another festival. But firstly, thank you to everyone who came along to the 15th Colony of Artists festival weekend on 19th and 20th September 2020 and followed our track and trace guidance to ensure a safe and fun Garden Party was had by all.

Iliyana Nedkova, curator-in-residence at Abbeyhill Primary School. Photo: Martin P. McAdam

It was so refreshing to see so many smiling eyes above masks enjoying two sunny autumnal days out – even if these days were a wee bit different from our usual annual festival, even if our festival contribution by our artists-in-residence at Abbeyhill Primary School turned to be quite different, too – having migrated to the windows of the school and the screens at your fingertips.

Thanks for tuning into our Windows and Screens festival exhibition in record numbers (as our analytics tell us)! You haven’t yet managed to watch, listen, read and dance to over 3 hours of 20 short works from the last 5 years we have curated for you? See them AT A GLANCE here.

Another weekend – another festival. This time, it is the Doors Open Days festival that goes digital this weekend on 26th and 27th September 2020, inviting you to explore Scotland’s built heritage from Edinburgh to Orkney from your armchair.

We are very pleased to virtually throw open the doors of our Abbeyhill Primary School – with its two purpose-built Victorian school buildings, as well as our outdoor learning classroom at Holyrood Park. All you need to do is download the open Beta version of our brand-new mobile phone map app entitled Our Holyrood Park. It is free with no in-app purchases and great fun.

Our Holyrood Park. Photo by Ana González Chouciño

Just head off to the Google Play Store here to download our free map app created by our app developers-in-residence Vlad Hasiu and Theresa Pickles. While navigating your way through the park with our map app, remember to don your headphones for Abbeyhill Soundscape – a series of short binaural audio plays set in our school and based on our alumni’s memories from 1900s to 1970s created by our resident theatre makers from Citadel Arts Group.

Keep your ears ‘spiked’ for The Wee World – the audio play by Vincent Maguire, inspired by the memories of our former pupil and legendary footballer Billy (Willie) Hunter who sadly passed away on 4 August 2020. Our map app is part of our tribute to Billy whom we welcomed as a special guest at our 14th Colony of Artists festival finale where he talked about Abbeyhill, the terrific school!

Here is a wee slideshow from our new map app now available for your Android devices from Google Play Store here. All your feedback here is welcome as we continue to work on this evolving app map.

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