Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival is the collective term used for the many arts & cultural festivals, which take place every summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Usually in August, while each festival is its own even with its own organisation, visitors associate them together, and they are co-ordinated by the Edinburgh Festival overarching organisation. As for the most part they coincide in August, it makes that month one of the largest annual cultural festival celebrations in the world.

The most recognised are Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Their main website is extremely useful because it gives you a list of all the individual festivals and lets you buy tickets to the shows.

The Festivals

Here is a list of the festivals listed under the umbrella body of Festivals Edinburgh:

Edinburgh International Festival (August 9 - September 1)

The original and "official" festival, the programs consists of classical and contemporary theatre, opera, music, dance, visual arts, talks and workshops. The 2013 edition will focus on the intersection between art and technology.

Edinburgh Fringe (August 2 - 26)

The largest arts festival in the world which includes theatre, comedy, music, musicals, dance and children's shows. The most famous of the various festivals, its wealth of newcomers every year makes it quite experimental.

Edinburgh Comedy Festival

The comedy programmes from Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly—part of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 19 - 30)

A mix of shorts, feature films, and more experimental pieces, the Edinburgh Film Festival has also included the premier of Oscar award winning film The Hurt Locker.

Edinburgh Mela (August 31 - September 1)

Celebrating Edinburgh's South Asian communities. A mix of song and dance, this is not the usual world music festival, with the 2013 line-up featuring hip-hop and ambient house superstars Orb collaborating with Ghanaian drum ensemble Kakatsitsi.

Edinburgh International Book Festival (August 10 - 26)

A celebration of world literature. Includes readings, chances to meet with the authors, book signings, and talks.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August 2 - 24)

Held against the famous backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the event is a celebration of music from around the world, as well as a celebration of the Scottish Regiments.

  • Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • Edinburgh International Internet Festival
  • Edinburgh People's Festival
  • Edinburgh Interactive Festival
  • Edinburgh Art Festival
  • Festival of Politics
  • Festival of Spirituality and Peace
  • Edinburgh Book Fringe
  • Islam Festival Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Swing Festival
  • Edinburgh Harvest Festival
  • Edinburgh Sausage Fest
  • Edinburgh International Television Festival

Trivia

The original Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) started in 1947, with the post-war effort of providing a "platform for the flowering of the human spirit"

Many companies would begin gatecrashing the festival with their own events, starting a movement which started the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (EFF).

While the EIF and EFF remain independent bodies, many separate organisations operate around the same time, forming the cultural month og the Edinburgh Festival.

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