Further Edinburgh festivals you might not have heard of
Forest Fringe, JUST Festival and the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival
This article is from 2013.
Edinburgh International Fashion Festival
Zipping in and out before August has arrived, the Fashion Festival aims to build on a cracking 2012 debut. Among the names and organisations featured are Clements Ribeiro, Amanda Harlech, Bella Freud, National Museum of Scotland and Harvey Nichols.
Formerly the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, Just boasts over 400 activities and events in its programme dedicated to ‘encouraging community by exploring diversity’, with speakers, performances, film, food, exhibitions, family activities, workshops, art, culture and more packed into the schedule.
Edinburgh Book Fringe
A more locally minded alternative to the large-scale global event across town, the Book Fringe is put together by independent and radical bookshop Word Power. James Robertson, Dervla Murphy, Raja Shehadeh and Jay Griffiths will be among those appearing.
Forest Fringe is venturing into new territory this year, with its regular programme of radical, avant-garde and politically minded theatre and assorted arts events now relocated to Out of the Blue Drill Hall. If you prefer volunteer-driven, grassrootsy culture to the cut-throat world of Fringe marketeering, this is your best bet.
Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival
This annual TV get-together is heavily industry-orientated, but they’ve had some screenings open to the public in years past so it’s worth keeping an eye out. Delegates can look forward to a keynote speech by Kevin Spacey, a live edition of The Great British Bake Off and a presentation on The Evolution of Puppetry by Brian Henson (chairman of the Jim Henson Company).