Join Our Forget Me Not Project

This project has been funded by the Life Changes Trust and is supporting the Festival & King's Theatres in making Dementia Friendly Communities. This includes programming events and performances which are suitable for people living with dementia and their carer's.

All our Forget Me Not events are free but ticketed. For more information on any of the upcoming events or to be included in our focus groups to help plan future events please contact Paul: / 0131 622 8444

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Upcoming events

We have a number of events coming up that are specifically sutable for people living with dementia. If you would like to book for any of the events below, please call the box office on 0131 529 6000

Audio Listing of Events for the Visually Impaired:


Festival Theatre Drop In Café
Second Tuesday of each month, 11.30am-1pm

The drop in café at the Festival Theatre is for anyone affected by dementia. Drop in to say hello and have a chat over tea, coffee and cakes.

The Festival Theatre Club
Third Thursday of each month, 1pm-2.30pm

Is a drop-in social group for people who support or care for someone living with dementia. Meets in the café at the Festival Theatre.

Call Paul on** 0131 622 8444 **for more information or email

The Empire Palace of Varieties Presents

Tea Party with Live Music

Third Monday of every month 2pm – 3.30pm

These are held monthly in the Lafayette Bar at the Festival Theatre. Refreshments are provided and there is limited parking available in the courtyard. Spaces can be booked in advance by calling stage door on 0131 662 1112.

Call 0131 529 6000 to book free tickets

Scottish Opera Memory Spinners – Spring Season
Through music, storytelling, movement and visual arts, Scottish Opera’s Memory Spinners programme helps people living with dementia and their carers relax, get creative and form new support networks. The group meets every Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm with a light lunch provided at 1pm and the sessions finish at 3pm. The spring sessions start on Tuesday 2nd May.
For more information or to book a place, please contact Audrey Blake on 0141 332 9559 or email

The Story of The Little Gentleman

The Studio | Wed 18 Oct | 11.30am & 2.30pm

"Will you be my friend?”
All the Little Gentleman wants is a friend…
A friend he can sit in the sun with and listen
to the birds.
A friend to walk with and share his cookies
But nobody seems to like the Little Gentleman
and nobody wants to be his friend.
The Little Gentleman thinks he will live a sad and
lonely life forever… Until one day he is woken up
by a curious dog who just wants to play.

Call 0131 529 6000 to book free tickets

An Audience With...

Festival Theatre | Sat 21 October, Thu 26 October, Sat 28 October | 3pm to 4.30pm

A live sharing, an event and an invitation to experience what it is we do naturally – dance! This is a rare opportunity to join three prolific professional dancers, from the Variety Era, aged 94, 90 and 85 respectively, who each performed on the stage of the Empire (now Festival) Theatre, talking dance, dancing, and thinking about their relevance now. Be prepared to journey through the Festival Theatre’s Empire Rooms and inhabit a world filled with past, present and future.

Call 0131 529 6000 to book free tickets

WeCAN creative workshops

The Studio | Mon 23 and Tue 24 October | 12.30pm for lunch, followed by 2 workshops. The event finishes at 4pm.

Join us for some music, art, dance and lots of laughter for two fun-filled afternoons for people living with dementia. These workshops are led by professional artists. WeCAN are Art in Healthcare, Dance Base, Festival Theatre, Hearts & Minds, Music in Hopsitals and Alzheimer Scotland.

Call 0131 529 6000 to book free tickets

DF Traviata Scottish Opera

Festival Theatre | Fri 17 November 3pm | Tickets £10

Passionate, flamboyant, gripping; Sir David McVicar’s La traviata is not to be missed. Set in the demi-monde of 1880s Paris, this stunning show is designed with sumptuous period style and gets right to the core of Violetta and Alfredo’s doomed love affair – finding a heartbreakingly human story in the midst of a hedonistic world where both the rich and the wretched have their fun. Verdi’s magnificent score sweeps the characters through their every shifting mood, brought to life by Russian-Dutch soprano Gulnara Shafigullina and Dutch tenor Peter Gijsbertsen.

Thingummy Bob

The Studio | Fri 13 October | 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Bob has lost something important, something that might make him happy - but for the life of him he just doesn’t know where he left it. It might be in his old house but he’s in a wheelchair and he can’t make the journey alone and none of the staff in the care home will take him. So Bob decides to take matters into his own hands.

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