Further Edinburgh festivals you might not have heard of

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 16 July 2013

This article is from 2013

Best other festivals

Forest Fringe, JUST Festival and the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

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.
19–28 Jul

JUST Festival
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.
2–26 Aug

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.
9–23 Aug

Forest Fringe
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.
16–25 Aug

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).
22–24 Aug

Edinburgh Book Fringe

Taking place in radical bookshop Word Power, the Edinburgh Book Fringe brings together writers and activists from around the world for a host of daily readings and discussions, all of which are free.

Forest Fringe

This artist-led community offers a diverse range of performances, experiences, interactive happenings, walks and installations. 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the Forest Fringe so expect a special programme to mark the occasion.

Just Festival

Just Festival offers a programme to help people explore their spirituality by engaging with others and promoting peace with live music, talks, dance shows and exhibitions.

Edinburgh International Television Festival

An essential fixture for everyone in the television industry is back to give out inspiration, networking, learning and fun. Run by and for the television industry, it is attended by over 2000 delegates and has featured hundreds of globally renowned top TV executives as speakers, including Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley…

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

A festival incorporating runway shows and glam afterparties, plus more intellectual talks on fashion-linked topics.

Just Conversations

Just Festival. Ever wondered how to fight injustice and inequality? What the world would be like without religion? Does art ever change anything? How human trafficking exists in the UK? Will Israel and Palestine find peace? Join the conversation as we discuss a different issue each day, featuring speaker panels, films…