Edinburgh Festival dates

Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival (30 April 2014)

What’s that coming over Calton Hill? Yes, it’s the annual Beltane Fire Festival, complete with fire, frolics and lashings of body paint (and a lot of cold, cold bodies underneath it). Celebrating the beginning of the summer season, this unique…

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Imaginate Festival (5–12 May 2014)

Earlier than the others which huddle under the Edinburgh Festivals umbrella in August, this Festival takes place in May and June, both in the Capital and on tour throughout Scotland (sometimes reaching as as far as Shetland). Like its more prominent…

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Edinburgh International Film Festival (18–29 June 2014)

Film critic Mark Kermode describes it as "like Cannes - only civilised". And who are we to argue? For previous visitors lucky enough to have sampled its unique atmosphere, this is what we now expect each year from the EIFF, now firmly settled into its…

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe (1–25 August 2014)

Sprawling, diverse and just a little bit crazy, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is The Edinburgh Festival for the hordes of punters and performers that descend on the city every year. From its humble beginnings in 1947, when a handful of companies that…

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1–23 August 2014)

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo displays the musical talent of the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. It takes place every evening throughout August, come rain or…

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Just Festival (1–25 August 2014)

True to the spirit of the Edinburgh Festivals as a whole, the Just Festival is international, multi-cultural and multi-faith. Formerly known as the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, it promotes open dialogue across the divisions of race and religion…

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Edinburgh International Festival (8–31 August 2014)

Founded in 1947, the Festival rose out of the ashes of the Second World War to provide 'a platform for the flowering of the human spirit'. Its most visible flowering, in August at least, is now 'the Fringe', formed the same year by actors denied space…

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Edinburgh International Book Festival (9–25 August 2014)

Amid the frenetic activity of the other festivals, this one is an oasis of calm. Talking place beneath canvas in the genteel surrounds of Charlotte Square, the Book Festival is a celebration not only of the written word, but also of the big ideas that…

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Edge Festival

The Edge Festival has not taken place since 2011. Formerly known as T on the Fringe, August’s largest pop music festival, The Edge, has already managed to impress festival-goers and critics alike with that same enthusiasm and love for a tune…

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Edinburgh International Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace Festival

With spiritual retreats, workshops and conferences, the festival welcomes guests from across the UK and further afield to enrich the sense of cultural exchange. The Middle Eastern Film Festival is included under the MESP banner, with a series of events…

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Edinburgh Interactive

Edinburgh Interactive Festival is a day-long extravaganza of video-gaming, recruitment opportunities, screenings and talks, taking place alongside the Edinburgh Interactive Conference, a who's-who of the gaming industry with talks by influential games…

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

The biggest of its kind in Britain, the Jazz & Blues Festival gets the festival season off to a swinging start in July, making sure everyone's in the mood before its larger festival cousins hit town. And expect that Glenn Miller classic along the…

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Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) is Scotland’s largest annual celebration of visual art. Uniquely, the festival offers the chance to experience the best contemporary Scottish artists in the context of exhibitions of the most important International artists…

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Free Fringe

Founded in 1996 by Peter Buckley Hill (PBH) the Free Fringe has become an annual fixture of the Edinburgh festival calendar. The ethos of the Free Fringe is that performers are not charged for their performance spaces and in return will not charge…

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Fringe by the Sea

Small but perfectly formed and set in beautiful North Berwick, Fringe by the Sea is a miniature of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Highlights include the Belhaven Spiegeltent, part of the 'tented village', which will be home to eclectic musical…

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Forest Fringe

Grassroots performance festival Forest Fringe occupies Out of the Blue Drill Hall in 2013 The Forest Fringe 's original manifesto could not have been more aupicious: 'Making space for risk and experimentation at the Edinburgh Festival and…

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Festival of Politics

Away from all the chaos, the comedy and the craziness of the Fringe comes the chaos, the comedy and the craziness of politics. Getting its own platform in 2005, The Festival of Politics is now a main part of the latter stages of the summer season…

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Turing Festival

The Turing Festival has plenty to offer both the hardcore technology lover and the average Joe seeking a break from the jazz hands and theatricals of the Fringe. As this year is the centenary of its namesake, mathematician and computer science…

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Edinburgh Mela

Founded in 1995 to showcase the talents of Edinburgh’s ethnic minorities, Edinburgh Mela has now grown to regularly attract more than 20,000 people to its extraordinary range of theatre, dance, music and art each August, and it doesn’t take much to see…

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is an autumnal celebration of storytelling - both traditional and contemporary - in the Edinburgh-based Scottish Storytelling Centre. Though it takes place in October, this Festival is not unlike its…

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Edinburgh International Science Festival

Do you ever want to learn, but don't want to go through the rigmarole of reading things and writing notes and paying proper attention to very dull people in hot, busy classrooms? Don't worry, Edinburgh has the solution for you. And there's no…

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