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Israeli theatre company Incubator perform silent protest show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

11 Aug 2014

The show, which receives public state funding, attracted attention from pro-Palestine protesters

A ‘silent’ protest performance by Jerusalem-based Incubator Theatre was itself the focus of pro-Palestinian protests in Bristo Square on Saturday. Hip hop opera The City had been cancelled by Underbelly following noisy protests outside the McEwan Hall…

Jazz, Juliette Binoche and a calendar change on cards for Edinburgh International Festival 2015

8 May 2014

Incoming director designate Fergus Linehan outlines his plans for change at the EIF

Fifteen months before the start of his first event, Edinburgh International Festival director designate Fergus Linehan has taken the unusual step of revealing some of his thinking behind the 2015 programme – as well as sharing details of a few of its…

Pop up venue Checkpoint Charlie revives the spirit of the Forest Cafe

7 Aug 2012

The vacant space on Bristo place is to host gigs, cabaret performances and more

Many miss the unpretentious vibes of the Forest Café, Edinburgh’s foremost independent arts and social hangout. Unfortunately the charity that owned the FC went bust in 2010 leading to it’s eventual closure and a gaping hole in Edinburgh’s cultural…

War and peace announced as themes for Edinburgh International Festival 2014

18 Mar 2014

Programme highlights includes works involving The Kronos Quartet and Handspring Puppet Company

War and peace, conflict and conciliation are the grand themes being tackled in Jonathan Mills’ final year as director of the Edinburgh International Festival. The 2014 programme, announced today, explores music, dance, theatre and other arts not just…

Opinion: Edinburgh Comedy Award 2013 announced

22 Aug 2013

Bridget Christie, Nick Helm, Aisling Bea, Romesh Ranganathan and Seann Walsh all nominated for gongs

And so, the Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations are in. And are we spitting blood with the outrage? Well, no, not really. The all-British main list features old-school stand-up (Seann Walsh, Carl Donnelly), a funny feminist (Bridget Christie), a bit of…

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How Doug Segal made me a mentalist

7 Aug 2013

The mind-manipulating Fringe performer pulls prediction stunt with The List

There are two sealed envelopes in front of me, both signed and dated as shown above. Mentalist Doug Segal brought Envelope One to List HQ last week – it contains a prediction of something that's going to appear on page 18 of the next issue of The List…

New Underbelly venue Topside hosts Doctor Brown, Alexander Masters and more

31 Jul 2013

The Fringe 2013 venue is also home to The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik and Le Gateau Chocolat

Here at List HQ we love a new venue, and are much excited by Topside, the Underbelly’s newest venture, to be found at the back of Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. Highlights heading for the 200-capacity theatre studio include the world premiere of…

The List launches a new free title for the Edinburgh Festivals 2013

25 Jun 2013

A free, weekly festival magazine is due to launch in August

We’re excited to announce that this year The List will be launching a free, weekly magazine for the Edinburgh Festivals. More than 75,000 copies of this dedicated publication will be distributed at venues, galleries, cafes, bars, hotels and hostels…

Disney Pixar’s Monsters University announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013

16 May 2013

The family film will screen at the festival three weeks before release in the rest of the UK

Edinburgh International Film Festival audiences will be among the first in the UK to see Disney Pixar’s latest offering, Monsters University. The Family Gala 3D screening will take place on Sun 23 Jun in the Festival Theatre, with an exclusive schools…

Programme for the Edinburgh International Festival 2013 puts artists and technology centre-stage

12 Mar 2013

Tod Machover, the Wooster Group and Oper Frankfurt among the EIF programme highlights

A crowd sourced orchestral work by boundary breaker Tod Machover is just one of the many highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival programme. Set over three weeks this August, the EIF’s line-up includes an homage to Allen Ginsberg with…

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Star Appeal: A look at reviewing trends at Edinburgh Festivals 2012

26 Sep 2012

Full raw data sets of aggregated reviews from 2012 Edinburgh Festival shows now available

The Fringe may be a distant memory but here at The List we’ve been doing some post-festival number crunching. For the last four years we’ve compiled an aggregate of reviews from all the major publications reviewing at the Festival. The result is our…

Edinburgh Festival pre-sales increase in 2012 despite Olympic fever

10 Aug 2012

Olympic TV viewing figures thought to have little effect on final ticket sales figure

With the 2012 London Olympics drawing sky-high television ratings – 10.7 million viewers tuned in to watch Andy Murray win gold in the Olympic tennis final last Sunday afternoon while a further 10.1 million watched Chris Hoy take his second gold on…

Eddie Izzard to appear at Fringe 2012

3 Aug 2012

The comedian will appear alongside international guests Trevor Noah and Michael Mittermeier

Comedian Eddie Izzard is set to return to the Fringe this year for one night only. The show will feature two international special guests, Germany's Michael Mittermeier and South Africa's Trevor Noah. English-born Izzard has a long history with the…

The Forest Fringe is still a part of the Edinburgh Festival 2012

2 Aug 2012

Director Andy Field talks of how the mini-festival continues after the closure of the Forest Cafe

For the last five years you could always find Forest Fringe in the same place in Edinburgh. A beautiful old church hall above a vegetarian café. A set of stone steps. A sign above a door. However, as you may know, we are no longer able to use that…

Some of the stranger places to watch a show this Festival

2 Aug 2012

Unexpected venues to enjoy Edinburgh Festival 2012

Vine Trust Barge This floaty boat docked off Ocean Drive in Leith is home to an exhibition of contemporary Scottish painting.

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Fringe 2012 Bribe of the Week: Clinton the Musical

1 Aug 2012

Runners up include kids' poet Joshua Seigal and dance show Leo

Our inaugural 2012 Bribe of the Week was a close call, although the painstakingly-decorated cupcakes and branded pants from Clinton: The Musical eventually won out. Aside from ticking both the tasty and utilitarian boxes, the bribe showed an…

Attention Fringe 2012 performers: we want your bribes

9 Jul 2012

Buy yourself valuable exposure by sending us your promotional tat

The List is once again declaring itself susceptible to bribery for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012. Effective immediately, we will be accepting whatever t-shirts toy tractors, confections, underpants, self-portraits, office…

First raft of shows from 2012 Edinburgh Fringe programme

5 Mar 2012

Stewart Lee, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and more to appear at Fringe 2012

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has revealed around 60 shows to take place at this year's event in August. The announcement comes weeks before the full line-up announcement on Thu 31 May. Comedy shows form the bulk of the latest show announcements…

Scottish Storytelling Festival 2011

20 Sep 2011

21st festival includes Homer’s Odyssey and contributions from Corsica, Cypus and Sardinia

Reaching 21 is a landmark event for everyone, and the Scottish Storytelling Festival is no exception. From fairly humble beginnings at the former Netherbow Theatre, the Festival has grown to encompass not just Edinburgh and Glasgow, but Dundee…

The Apprentice's Stuart ‘The Brand’ Baggs to appear at the Fringe

23 Aug 2011

Informal lunch chat at 2011 Edinburgh Fringe

‘I’m alive: there are so many people that aren’t alive or have died, unfortunately. I’m alive; that’s a gift, frankly. I wake up early every morning once I’ve had the sleep I need. I go out and make money. Everything I touch turns to sold.’ Oh Lord.

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Fringe news: new venue and programme info

22 Jul 2011

Even for Fringe regulars the idea of cherry-picking from the whopping 41,689 performances and 2,542 shows on this year’s festival line-up can seem daunting. Worry not, help is at hand, as next issue we bring you dozens of previews, top tips and much…

Edinburgh Festival of Politics examines impact of social networks on news

8 Jul 2011

Talks on human rights and social media featured in 2011 programme

Where were you when unrest broke out in Iran before the 2009 presidential elections or when the Cairo protests against Hosni Mubarak were going on or even when the first of many Ryan Giggs stories began to leak? You were probably in front of Twitter…

New episode of Doctor Who to be screened at Edinburgh Television Festival 2011

7 Jul 2011

New episodes of Fresh Meat, The Killing and Comic Strip also on offer

The MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival unveiled its programme for 2011 yesterday, marking the festival’s 36th year in operation. The series of lectures, preview screenings, masterclasses, interviews and networking parties, which…

Attention all Edinburgh Fringe performers: We take bribes!

7 Jul 2011

Are you desperate for publicity? Are you willing to pay for it?

Are you desperate to get your show publicised? Are you hungry for that extra bit of exposure that will turn your no-budget show into the 5-star, million dollar production it deserves to be? And most importantly, are you willing to pay for it? We at…

The Forest Café celebrates tenth birthday

5 Aug 2010

Volunteer-run café is a true original in Edinburgh

The Forest Café’s tenth birthday, happening mostly on Saturday 14 August, but spreading its shambolic, joyous tentacles throughout the rest of the month, is one of those true causes for celebration. That an entirely volunteer-run, hippy-hearted…