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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: South African theatre shows

28 Jul 2014

Featuring David Mamet's Race, Mbongeni Ngema's The Zulu and Magadi: The Bride Price

'It's great to be able to present a range of work from this very vibrant country,' says William Burdett-Coutts, artistic director of Assembly Festival, who are presenting their third South African season. 'There is a range of talented theatre people…

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: three stage productions from New Zealand

28 Jul 2014

Highlights include Arthur Meek’s On the Upside Down of the World and Lemi Ponifasio's I AM

In the popular view of the northern hemisphere – and indeed, much of the country’s neighbours – New Zealand is a remote idyll populated by hobbits and sheep where not very much ever happens. Yet history tells us that a country so young is unlikely to be…

Grandmaster Flash and Paul Trouble Anderson among guest DJs at 99 Hanover Street this August

28 Jul 2014

Eddie Piller, Richard Searling and Detroit Swindle complete the bar's Fringe Thursdays line-up

For the last three years, city centre bar 99 Hanover Street has been drawing a crowd for a repertoire of in-house nights and DJs which would have it crowned one of the best clubs in Edinburgh were it not for the lack of a 3am licence. During festival…

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: CineFringe presents 'possibly the world’s first literal “pop-up” cinema’

28 Jul 2014

The short film mini-fest also features the talents of Susan Calman, Josie Long and Superfan

Now into its fifth year, small-scale short film festival CineFringe doesn’t exactly look set to fill the sizeable gap left in August by the rescheduling of the Edinburgh International Film Festival to June. Yet the fact it exists at all adds a welcome…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: Tessa Lynch wants your help in building a house in an afternoon

24 Jul 2014

Lynch's show, Raising, simultaneously explores themes of community and property ownership

’I think we’ll just press on,’ says Tessa Lynch, eyeing the steel-grey skies warily. It’s just after lunchtime on a Saturday in July and the drizzle hasn’t stopped all morning, with signs suggesting it’s only going to get worse. The group of 12…

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Edinburgh Festivals 2014: a guide to the city's clubbing scene

22 Jul 2014

A rundown of the best guest DJs visiting Edinburgh during the Fringe, including Justin Martin & Perc

For many visitors to Edinburgh, the club scene in August revolves around a bunch of lively but hardly challenging party DJs playing the late-night venue circuit, whether that’s in a Spiegeltent or a basement bar. For many others, the city’s club scene…

Interactive zombie theatre piece The Generation of Z set for 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

15 Jul 2014

Immersive horror-action play invites audience to participate as survivors of a zombie apocalypse

If the zombie genre didn’t keep coming back from the grave, we’d have to find a way to kill it. Myths of the undead have survived for longer than we might have realised (in Christian mythology for a start), but ever since George A Romero’s fresh horror…

The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to the Scottish Parliament for 2014 Edinburgh Festival

15 Jul 2014

Scotland's history presented in an unparalleled work of collaborative art

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is more than just an unparalleled work of collaborative craft. At 143 metres in length, with 160 panels depicting the history of Scotland from the formation of the rocks to the creation of Scotland’s parliament, it’s an…

Tamsyn Challenger to bring new show Monoculture to the 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival

15 Jul 2014

British artist explains the influence of the selfie on her latest work

Since it was named the Oxford Dictionaries word of 2013, we’ve been witnessing the death of the selfie. Or, more accurately, that kind of cultural limbo where an idea flashes brightly in the collective consciousness for a while before its ubiquity makes…

Guide to working at the Edinburgh festival and taking a show there

6 Sep 2013

How to find a job and a room at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Most student cities and towns wind down for the summer as holidays are taken or resits crammed for a bit more diligently than first time round. But for the duration of August, Edinburgh opens the doors of every theatre, student union and church hall in…

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Birdhouse

20 Aug 20133 stars

A comedic take on Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds by physical theatre company Jammy Voo

In the half-light live four elderly women, old-fashioned spectacles casting shadows across their faces, birds’ eggs nestled in their hair and white splashes of bird excrement running down their shoulders. Around them are clumps of bird feathers and, in…

Cinefringe brings international and experimental screenings to the Edinburgh Fringe 2013

16 Aug 2013

'It's the middle ground between a film festival and the spontaneous, edgy feel of the Fringe'

Although it wasn’t founded specifically for that reason in 2010, one advantage of CineFringe (tagline: ‘The official film festival of the Edinburgh Fringe’) is that it brings a film presence back to August in Edinburgh, ever since the International Film…

Edinburgh Art Festival presents Art Late North and South events

15 Aug 2013

Evening programme of performance and tours held in association with The List

The thread between art and music has always held strong amidst Scotland’s art school culture, and it seems to be booming within the context of the Edinburgh Art Festival as well. A fixture of the programme for some years now, and its expansion to two…

Vic Galloway presents Songs in the key of Fife

14 Aug 2013

TV & radio presenter shines spotlight on the Kingdom

Over the last couple of decades a musical story has been brewing in the East Neuk (literally, the ‘east corner’) of Fife, just the opposite side of the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh, and broadcaster Vic Galloway is the man to finally tell it. Partly…

FOUND and Young Fathers to appear at Art Late North and South

14 Aug 2013

Evening programme of performance and tours held in association with The List

The thread between art and music has always held strong amidst Scotland’s art school culture, and it seems to be booming within the context of Edinburgh Art Festival as well. A fixture of the programme for some years now, its expansion to two events…

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Mostly West: Franz West and Artist Collaborations

11 Aug 20134 stars

Fascinating show packed full of memorable collaborations

A tribute that wasn't meant to be, Mostly West was conceived in 2011, before the Austrian artist Franz West died last year. In its finished form it feels not so much like the high-concept 30-year retrospective which it is, as a fusillade of…

Scratcha DVA

11 Aug 2013

The notorious DVA brings the bass to Sneaky Pete's

As usual there will be a procession of great DJs going through the Cowgate’s clubbing cavern Sneaky Pete’s this month, and in securing Scratcha DVA for this midweek date the venue has confirmed one of the UK’s most versatile names amongst their number.

Tame Impala lead the charge in Australia's current trend for psych rock revivalism

8 Aug 2013

Revivalist psych rock from down under

There’s must be something in the water in Australia these days, for the new wave of psychedelic rock bands emerging from the country is growing. Following the example set in the northern hemisphere by groups like The Flaming Lips and MGMT, various…

Paul Vickers presents Ivor Cutlerian nonsense in Twonkey’s Blue Cadabra

6 Aug 2013

Vickers' adsurdist comic creation returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Tell us, Mr Twonkey, what’s a Blue Cadabra? ‘It’s an enchanted cloth and known aphrodisiac from Casablanca.’ And what’s its story? ‘First we learn about a planet populated entirely by jockeys, which leads to a horse race and some high jinx. Next up we…

Drum Struck

5 Aug 20134 stars

Family-friendly, interactive drum thumping

Even before we’ve entered the room, the ingredients are in place to make this show by South African drumming group Drum Café one of the sleeper family hits of this year’s festival. The premise is simple – there are lots of drummers onstage and everyone…

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Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells For Two

4 Aug 20134 stars

Australian musicians on a mission to recreate a prog masterwork during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

There's a full band's worth of kit and more onstage, and only two young guys dressed all in black in charge of it. That's in contrast to their audience, silver-haired ladies and gentlemen (mostly gentlemen) of a certain age, waiting expectantly for a…

Graphic journalist Joe Sacco appearing as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

1 Aug 2013

Sacco appears as part of the Festival's Stripped comics strand

In its championing of an entire medium within this year’s inaugural Stripped strand, there’s an implied sense that EIBF are trying to further erode the tiresome conceit that stories told with words and pictures are just for kids by placing them closer…

Rise Kagona and the Jit Jive Band set for shows at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

1 Aug 2013

Guitarist from Zimbabwean group The Bhundu Boys play with new band

Zimbabwean group The Bhundu Boys took the world music scene by storm in the 1980s, drawing praise from Elvis Costello and supporting Madonna at Wembley, but the subsequent story of fall-outs, death and trouble with the law is one of music’s sadder…

Song Noir gives film & TV themes a dark makeover at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

30 Jul 2013

Music duo Pumajaw interpret music from Twin Peaks, The Night of the Hunter and more

Scottish duo Pumajaw – aka Pinkie Maclure and John Wills – are a pair of musicians who embrace the theatricality of rock music, with performances characterised by a dark, dramatic sense of power and sexuality, set off by Maclure’s torchsinging vocal.

Interview: Dutch artist Krijn de Koning discusses his Edinburgh Art Festival project, 'Land'

29 Jul 2013

de Koning's installation is set to transform the Edinburgh College of Art's sculpture court

In this new work by the Dutch artist Krijn de Koning, his first exhibited piece in the UK, the intention is dramatic. ‘I wanted to make an artwork as a place,’ he says, reflecting on a project in which the interior of Edinburgh College of Art’s…