Edinburgh's Hogmanay is proud to be part of Festivals Edinburgh, a collective organisation through which Edinburgh's major festivals work collaboratively to maintain and strengthen the city's position as the world's leading festival city. Find out more about all of Edinburgh's major festivals at www.edinburghfestivalcity.com
Edinburgh International Science Festival (March-April)
Edinburgh International Science Festival was the first public science festival in the world and remains one of Europe's largest. Audiences of all ages can enjoy fun and amazing experiences through an innovative and inspiring programme of discussions, workshops, performances, screenings, hands-on activities, special events and exhibitions. The Festival brings together great minds, fostering dialogues about the future of our culture, our nation, our planet and our understanding.
Edinburgh International Children's Festival (May-June)
Proving that world-class performing arts don't have to be just for grownups, the Edinburgh International Children's Festival is Scotland's festival of performing arts for children and young people. The Festival began in 1990 and has established itself as one of the best places for programmers to see work of the very highest standard. Every year the Festival showcases great work from across the world, with performances that will delight and inspire the young and young-at-heart.
Edinburgh International Film Festival (June-July)
Established in 1947, EIFF is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema, and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and with its superb mix of red carpet glamour, innovative and exciting cinematic discoveries and massive audience appeal, Edinburgh International Film Festival is one of the world’s most popular and approachable celebrations of cinema.
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (July)
A brilliantly diverse collection of over 170 concerts covering all aspects of jazz and blues - from afrobeat and beatbox to swing and trad. Scotland’s biggest jazz festival presents a supercharged programme all over town from major concert halls to attic galleries turned into hip jazz clubs. Raising the curtain on Edinburgh’s summer activity, watch out for the huge open-air free events, the Mardi Gras and the Edinburgh Festival Carnival.
Edinburgh Art Festival (July-August)
UK’s largest annual festival of visual art, Edinburgh Art Festival new public art commissions, special tours and events and over 45 major exhibitions at leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces across the city. The work on show ranges from the masters of the past through to the most cutting edge contemporary work, and the vast majority of exhibitions and events at Edinburgh Art Festival are free to attend.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August)
Scotland’s stunning annual outdoor military spectacular takes place against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and draws sellout crowds year upon year. Witness precision drill from military bands both British and international, thrilling presentations by dancers and performers from around the world, and the breathtaking sight and sound of the Massed Pipes and Drums. Plus there's the traditional crowd favourite, the poignant performance of the Lone Piper, high on the castle battlements.
With well over 50,000 performances of around 3400 shows taking place in venues all across the city, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest platform for creative freedom in the world. Take your pick from cabaret and variety, children’s shows, comedy, dance, physical theatre and circus, special events, exhibitions, music, musicals and opera, spoken word and theatre. And look out for the amazing street performers entertaining huge crowds on the Royal Mile.
Edinburgh International Festival (August)
The Edinburgh International Festival presents three exhilarating weeks of world-class performing arts from across the globe, bringing the very best in classical and contemporary music, theatre, opera and dance to Edinburgh each year. Beginning in 1947, the International Festival was the first such festival of its kind and was the catalyst for Edinburgh's now greatly expanded range of major festivals and remains one of the world's pre-eminent cultural phenomena.
Edinburgh International Book Festival (August)
The leafy space of Charlotte Square Gardens is transformed annually into a tented village of theatres, cafes and bookshops for the Book Festival. Around 1000 of the world’s best authors appear in 900 events, attracting 200,000 visitors. Nobel prize-winners and bestsellers rub shoulders with talented newcomers for an inspirational celebration of books and writing. Hundreds of author talks, performances, workshops, debates and book signings plus daily free events for all ages.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival (October)
Inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness, the Storytelling Festival is an inviting community gathering, full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads. Audience come to enjoy enchanting performances, workshops, talks and special events centred around traditional storytelling. This 12-day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity brings together Scottish and international storytellers and musicians to celebrate the rhythms and methods of the art.
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