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Edinburgh's Festivals

Edinburgh is the world's Festival City. It’s where people come together from across the globe to share their passion for arts, culture and ideas. This welcoming, inspiring and open-minded atmosphere is heightened by the approachable beauty of this breathtaking historical city. With 12 Festivals throughout the year, there’s an endless array of events, performances and spectacles to enjoy.


Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

July 31 – Aug 9, 2009

Spanning the earliest jazz forms to the thriving creativity of today, kick off the Summer Festival season with international jazz stars, exciting new-comers, Scottish talent and Jazz On A Summer’s Day, the UK’s biggest one-day jazz event.

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Edinburgh Art Festival

Aug 5 – Sept 5, 2009

A major international visual art event, working with the city's galleries, museums and visual art spaces to present the best, most exciting and intriguing in the modern and contemporary visual arts. Most events are free!

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Aug 7–31, 2009

The largest arts Festival in the world - featuring theatre, comedy, dance, music and musicals, children’s shows, exhibitions and events - transforming Edinburgh with live performance in the streets and at over 200 venues around the city.

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Edinburgh Mela

Aug 7–9, 2009

The Edinburgh Mela Festival is an exciting celebration and exploration of the people, places and identities that reflect the diverse communities of the world. Mela means ‘Gathering’ in the ancient language of Sanskrit.

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Aug 7–29, 2009

With its unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre, and set against the magnificent backdrop of the Edinburgh Castle, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the world’s greatest shows.

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Edinburgh International Festival

Aug 14 – Sept 6, 2009

The world's best classical music, theatre, opera and dance. The finest creators and performers gather to present one of the most exciting, innovative and accessible Festivals of the performing arts.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Aug 15–31, 2009

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the largest Book Festival of its kind, with over 700 world-class writers and thinkers taking part in more than 800 events.

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Oct 23 – Nov 1, 2009

Scotland’s annual celebration of traditional and contemporary storytelling. Entertaining and inspiring performances, thought-provoking talks, discussions and fun family activities.

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Edinburgh's Hogmanay & New Year Party

Dec 29, '09 – Jan 1, '10

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the largest New Year event in the world, with a massive New Year's Eve street party and four days of entertaining and engaging festive celebrations, suitable for the whole family.

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Edinburgh Science Festival

April 3–17, 2010

All the wonders, inventions and innovations of the world of science and technology: fun and inspiration for all ages through a programme of engaging, interactive and accessible talks, workshops, shows and exhibitions.

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Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival

May 24–31, 2010

The world's best theatre for children and young people. Striking visual productions to captivate, entertain and inspire audience members from curious toddlers to teenagers.

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Edinburgh International Film Festival

June 16–27, 2010

A true home of innovative and exciting cinema. For more than half a century, the Festival has presented some of cinema's most important and exciting moments and played host to the world's greatest filmmakers.

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