Since the first Edinburgh International Festival in 1947, Scotland’s beautiful capital has become known throughout the world as the Festival City. Every year, visitors experience the many different festivals that all present a diverse variety of artists and events, including the six different festivals running throughout August:
Edinburgh Art Festival (30 July–30 August): The UK’s largest festival of visual art. It brings together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events (mainly free to attend).
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (7–29 August): Performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands and display teams from over 48 countries to around 220,000 spectators (and a television audience of 100 million) on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. The Tattoo has raised over £5 million for relevant charities.
Edinburgh International Festival (7–31 August): Edinburgh’s six major theatres and concert halls, and some smaller and often unconventional venues, come alive with the best music, theatre, opera, dance and visual art from around the globe – by invitation only (unlike the Fringe).
Edinburgh Festival Fringe (7–31 August): The largest arts festival in the world, featuring performers from big names to unknown artists. It includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. In 2014, there were 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues.
Edinburgh International Book Festival (15–31 August): The Book Festival is the largest and most dynamic festival of its kind in the world. With over 700 events, it also features a high-profile debates and discussions series, where audience and authors meet to exchange thoughts and opinions.
Edinburgh Mela (29–30 August): The Mela embraces Scotland’s diverse communities and cultures, providing a showcase and development opportunities for artists. Attractions include the Mela Kidzone, which uses interactive performance and crafting workshops to engage and inspire kids, and the delicious food of the Global Food Village.
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See below for a sneaky peek as to what’s coming up throughout the rest of 2015.