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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

The maw (and paw) of all fireworks displays brings the Festival season to a close with a programme of music inspired by the theme of war. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra performs Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' from Die Walküre, Beethoven's Edmont Overture, Mendelssohn's 'War March of the Priests' from Athalie, Debussy's…

Ross Theatre Bandstand, Edinburgh

Sun 31 Aug

£12.50 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Les Troyens

Mariinsky Opera presents a view of the Trojan's ancient world with conductor Valery Gergiev and director Yannis Kokkos. This production is sung in French with English supertitles.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Thu 28 Aug

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 29 Aug

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 30 Aug

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Festival Folk at the Oak

The Royal Oak / The Wee Folk Club The Royal Oak is one of the most famous hubs of folk music in Edinburgh. The 30-seater downstairs lounge has been dubbed the Folk Living Room of Scotland's capital. During the Fringe, the Wee Folk Club presents 31 nights of acoustic folk and traditional music, featuring a different…

The Royal Oak, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Royal Oak Lounge

£6 / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Royal Oak Lounge

£6 / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

Royal Oak Lounge

£6 / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 31 Aug

Royal Oak Lounge

£6 / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Conversation with William Kentridge

The South African artist discusses his role in the creation of Ubu and the Truth Commission.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Patria

A look at the physical and cultural impact the Spanish Civil War had on the country through the music of Federico García Lorca.

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Thu 28 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Scotland in the Soft Power Era

Discussion featuring Professor Chris Breward, Vice Principal Creative Industries and Performing Arts, Professor Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics and Professor John Holden, cultural relations expert.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Bookshop Comedy Encore to the End of August

Pay What You Want / Heroes @ Bob's Bookshop. The Fringe is not over yet! Your last chance to see the pick of the Fringe with the most outrageous fringe stories. This is a special after fringe party and different every night. A glorious celebration. Host: Award Winning Bob Slayer. 'Hilarious Fringe legend' ★★★★…

Heroes @ Bob & Miss Behave's Bookshop, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

Bookshop

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sonic Vision

High energy music combines with vivid 3D graphic environments in this unique experience in Scotland's only 360 degree dome film theatre.

Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

ShowDome

£5 / 0131 550 7800

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

ShowDome

£5 / 0131 550 7800

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

ShowDome

£5 / 0131 550 7800

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The 152nd International Exhibition of Photography

Edinburgh Photographic Society See the very best of modern photography from many worldwide contributors at one of the longest running photography exhibitions in the world. The exhibition venue is in Edinburgh Photographic Society's premises - a Georgian house in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town.

Edinburgh Photographic Society

Thu 28 Aug

The Edinburgh Photographic Centre

£4 (£3) / 0131 453 4814

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

The Edinburgh Photographic Centre

£4 (£3) / 0131 453 4814

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

The Edinburgh Photographic Centre

£4 (£3) / 0131 453 4814

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 31 Aug

The Edinburgh Photographic Centre

£4 (£3) / 0131 453 4814

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Potter Trail

Grab a wand and join your robed guide on the only tour in Edinburgh designed especially for Potter fans! You’ll discover the magical locations that inspired characters and scenes in the series, visit the places where JK Rowling wrote the books and even learn about the real-life witches and wizards of medieval Edinburgh.

Greyfriar's Bobby Statue, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Tour Meeting Point

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Tour Meeting Point

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

Tour Meeting Point

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 31 Aug

Tour Meeting Point

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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American Impressionism – A New Vision

  • 4 stars

An exhibition bringing together some 80 paintings that chart the response of American artists to French Impressionism. Works by Monet, Degas and Berthe Morisot provide context and there are popular works by the likes of Whistler, Sargent and Cassatt, but also less well-known paintings by artists such as Theodore Robinson…

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Modern Two

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Modern Two

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

Modern Two

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 31 Aug

Modern Two

£8 (£6) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Boxsmall and Airpuddle

Taste, discover, bounce! A revolutionary, interactive play experience for children has bounced into Edinburgh! This magical giant airshell is a main feature at BOXSMALL, an innovative architecturally designed family market and street food destination at Festival Square this summer. The market aims to showcase the very…

Festival Square, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Square

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Square

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

Square

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 31 Aug

Square

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Mangina Funalogs

Leo Kearse / La Favorita Freestival It’s hard being a man today. Under your cheap suit you’re still a caveman, but society doesn’t value your ability to fight animals or throw things really far. You’re blamed for everything, you can’t work a Kindle and people groan at your puns. Can Leo Kearse work it all out?

Cowgatehead, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Space 2

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

The award winning Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour was the first literary tour launched in Edinburgh in 1996! Since then it has carried in excess of 150,000 satisfied customers on a dramatic literary trail across Edinburgh. It is regarded by many as a pioneer in its field, and a 'must-see' cultural attraction in guide books…

Outside the Beehive Inn, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£14

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

£14

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

£14

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 31 Aug

£14

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Ubu and the Truth Commission

The third piece in a trilogy of plays revived to celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa. Directed by William Kentridge and brought to you by the company behind the stage phenomenon War Horse.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 29 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 30 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Over It – Death, Anorexia, and Other Funny Things

Dave takes a satirical look into his anorexic past, while Robyn recounts the ridiculous aspects of dealing with her partner's death.

Laughing Horse @ Finnegan's Wake, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 225 9348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 225 9348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

The Back Room

Free / 0131 225 9348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

John Byrne: Sitting Ducks

A long-overdue, full-scale overview of John Byrne's long career as one of the best-loved and most individual visual artists in the country, focusing on his portrait work and gathering 50 key works from drawings to large-scale paintings, including iconic paintings of Tilda Swinton, Robbie Coltrane and of course Byrne…

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Free / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Free / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

Free / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 31 Aug

Free / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Memory Lane

Remembered / Imagined Explore Edinburgh’s waterside area of Leith accompanied by the memories of local people as they tell its colourful stories. Pick up your audio track and walking route map from the Living Memory Association (or download from our website) and follow the route at your own pace. Also available from…

Living Memory Association, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

Living Memory Assoication

Free / 0131 553 4580

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 28 Aug

Living Memory Assoication

Free / 0131 553 4580

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Living Memory Assoication

Free / 0131 553 4580

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 31 Aug

Alice Finbow: An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Edinburgh

In 1974, French writer Georges Perec (Life A User's Manual) sat in a café in Paris for three days and created a description of everything he could see and hear. The result, Tentative d'épuisement d'un lieu parisien, is one of his enduring celebrations of what he called the 'endotic', the opposite of the exotic. Filmmaker…

The Manna House, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00

Fri 29 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00

Sat 30 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00

Sun 31 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 09:00 – 18:00

Andy Wightman: Stop Thief!

Commentator, activist and author Andy Wightman gives an audiovisual presentation.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 30 Aug

Free / 0131 529 3993

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 14:00
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Footstomping Traditional Scottish Music

Join us at the multi-award-winning WHISKI Bar and Restaurant for a vibrant footstomping good time as we showcase many traditional Scottish music bands at WHISKI Bar during August. Toes will be tapping to our vibrant mix of instruments playing live traditional Scottish music: fiddles, accordions, guitars and whistles…

Whiski, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

Whiski Bar

Free / 0131 556 3095

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 28 Aug

Whiski Bar

Free / 0131 556 3095

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Whiski Bar

Free / 0131 556 3095

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 31 Aug

Kevin Harman: Open Studio

A chance to discuss the methods and thinking behind the artist's unconventional and often provocative work – one 2009 work consisted of Harman telling a gallery that it had been selected for a project called Brick, and then turning up with a scaffolding pole and breaking a gallery window.

Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

Free / 0131 558 5400

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sun 31 Aug

Free / 0131 558 5400

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

The team behind the magnificent Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry present the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. Created by volunteers in communities across the globe the tapestry pays homage to the profound impact Scots have had on the many areas they have migrated to. The exhibition will also feature a variety of mixed media…

St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Cathedral Nave

Free / 0131 225 6293

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Cathedral Nave

Free / 0131 225 6293

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

Cathedral Nave

Free / 0131 225 6293

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Summerhouse: Garden Party

Gayfield The imagined grounds of a summerhouse are the setting for a contemporary design twist on a garden party. The exhibition features new works (also available to purchase) by leading makers from Scotland and Holland.

Gayfield Square, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 31 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Whisky Tasting

Bennets Bar Informal demonstration on Scotch Malt Whiskies in one of Edinburgh's oldest and most historic pubs. Learning about the differences between Scotch and other world whiskies. Find out more about typical characteristics of each of the whisky producing regions of Scotland and some other interesting facts of…

Bennets Bar, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Bennet's Bar

£12 / 0131 229 5143

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Bennet's Bar

£12 / 0131 229 5143

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 31 Aug

Bennet's Bar

£12 / 0131 229 5143

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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