Edinburgh's Other Festivals
This article is from 2009.
Suzanne Black finds that the hectic month of August has even more going on than she thought
Festival of Spirituality and Peace
A newcomer on the festivals block, the FoSP grew out of an event in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to become an event in its own right in 2007. The theme in this year of Scotland’s Homecoming is ‘The Call of Home’ and the programme mixes entertainment and spiritual activities, providing a breathing space amongst all those attention-seeking drama students and puerile comedians. This year, the likes of Hardeep Singh Kohli (pictured), Vincent Cable and Tilda Swinton are appearing.
9–30 Aug, various venues, 0131 473 2000, festivalofspirituality.org.uk
One for the net-heads and techno-geeks: and who can’t confess to playing a little Pong, Mortal Kombat or GTA4 in their time? Thursday 13 and Friday 14 are the days of this Festival where fans have the chance to play the latest titles for free, including Batman: Arkham Asylum and Nintendo Wii Sports Resort, meet industry boffins and see preview screenings of as-yet unreleased titles. Head to Festival partner Gamestation for tickets.
13 & 14 Aug, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 01462 456780, edinburghinteractivefestival.com
This multicultural mela (or gathering) offers a riot of visual spectacles at a location away from the hubbub of the Old Town. Created to celebrate the ethnic and cultural diversity of Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital city, this weekend event brings together artists from the UK and beyond for performances across all disciplines, from Bhangra to traditional dance to challenging performance art.
7–9 Aug, Pilrig Park, 0131 332 2888, edinburgh-mela.co.uk
The MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival
This one’s aimed at anyone ‘working in television’ but it’s worth stretching any tenuous industry links you may have to get in the door as the hot ticket this year is David Simon, creator of the much-lauded The Wire. The programme also features Ant and Dec representing the world of light entertainment and the head honchos from each of the terrestrial channels, who will be meeting up for some serious discussion about the future of telly.
28–30 Aug, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 0207 278 9515, mgeitf.co.uk