between July and September the city plays host to many festivals, including in August the Edinburgh International Festival with it's attendant Fringe Festival.
During this time the Royal Mile becomes an open air circus, with buskers, jugglers, acrobats, magicians and musicians taking over every inch of the streets.
The Edinburgh Festival is the largest arts festival in the world. The city of Edinburgh hosts this annual event since 1947 and it usually takes place in the last three weeks of August. It started as a kind of opera festival, but nowadays encompasses several separate events.
One of them is the Festival Fringe, which due to its open policy offers a wide variety of artists and street performance.
Another event is the famous Military Tattoo, where the Army presents a lively programme of music and marching, including the kilt and bagpipe culture of Scotland.
Edinburgh International Festival:
Even if you’re not into the arts you must experience Festival Time (August) in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Festival is an internationally renown arts festival – but I think that the Fringe Festival that takes place at the same time is the bigger draw. The Fringe Festival takes over the entire city. Every off beat theatre, coffeehouse, vacant building and even school is transformed into a performance space for the duration of the Fringe Festival. While the famous Edinburgh Festival favors more traditional spaces (reflected in the ticket prices… ouch!) the Fringe Festival is all about renegade artists from all over the world descending on the city to share their art with the world. The Fringe Festival has it’s own ticket center and the rather thick programs are available all over the city. Prices for shows and performers playing the Fringe Festival are considerably cheaper than those playing the “real festival”. And Fringe performances happen everywhere and anytime day and night. It’s a thrilling display of artistic ingenuity. Since most of the Fringe performers share space with others the sets are relatively non-existent, and there are a lot of bad shows out there. But there are also some great gems to be discovered. The best way to find the popular and great shows in the festival are by talking to people – that’s how we found a lot of the great things we saw while we were visiting. And just try a show out – you never know. At all hours of the day you’ll meet performers flocking the streets promoting their shows and offering discounts. The city is never more alive than during Festival time. There’s an amazing energy in the city. Even if you never see one show, you must visit Edinburgh at Festival time. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is an awesome place to be in August. Wander around, watch street performers from around the globe (one act I saw was a German guy playing the didgeridoo and another instrument from Cameroon). You have people doing plays, singing, comedy, beat box. There's stalls set up with plenty of arts and craft, get a henna tattoo or your hair braided.
You will also end up with handfuls of pamphlets of acts for other festivals as well. You're only problem will be deciding which ones to go and see!
The fringe festival happens in Edinburgh every summer around August, and consists of a variety of performers, from dancers to comics to actors, performing amazing acts and shows at venues all over the cities. While I am not sure that all of these shows were at the fringe of the entertainment industry as we saw some mainstream comics and singers, several of the performances I saw were among the best live shows I have ever seen ... and for incredible value. In addition, the city is beautiful and fabulously fun with great food, beer and people, particularly during the festival when university students from all over the UK fill it up to work flyer jobs at the festival. If you are going to Scotland and have a chance to overlap this wonderful festival, I highly recommend it.
GO TO EDINBURGH DURING AUGUST AND SEE THE FRINGE FESTIVAL. Comics so funny they will make you wet yourself, plays that you love but never get to see performed, and, if you go around the time of the concurrent Film Festival, indies that will blow your mind. Ticket prices are not unreasonable, city is not too crowded, and the spectacle is not to be missed.
The EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL is held every August. It has a large programme in music, drama, art and dance
There has also grown around the main festival the FESTIVAL FRINGE with many amateur and professionals performers in theater, comedy, folk, classical music, poetry, dance etc etc. There are many street performers around the city as well and Edinburgh really comes alive during this time.
The wide range in performances and events means there is bound to be something for everyone.
If you can get a room this is definitely the best time to come. Not really just one festival but a range coinciding at one time to form the world's biggest annual arts gathering.
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The 5 main parts of the festival are:
Fringe festival (comedy, music and plays)
International festival (opera, classical music and dance)
Tattoo (Armies from a selection of countries peform at the castle)
Book festival (a personal favourite - hear talks from world experts or meet famous authors in a very chilled location)
This is an unofficial festival running the same days with the international one. It is one of the largest arts festivals in the world!! More than 15000 performances take place in every available space, including the streets.
Wow. Among all of Edinburgh's August Festivals, I think this is the largest. Hundreds of shows each day throughout most of the month, they have comedians, plays, musicians, dancers and who knows what else. It takes over the city! If you hang in the right places you might just get a free ticket. Otherwise go to the fringe ticket office or to the venue itself for tickets to shows.
If you are short on cash, you're still in luck. There are street performers all day on the Royal Mile and on the stage in Princes Street Gardens. And they're FREE! yes, FREE!
The Fringe Festival is an excellent way to spend a few days (and nights) in Edinburgh! :)
You've never seen so many performers, acts and skits in one place in your life!
We were so fortunate to happen across the festival, but now that I know of it, any future trips to Scotland will be planned with this knowledge!
Contact info for the Fringe is listed below.
Check out www.edfringe.com/ for detals.
Everything is happening - parties, street performers, stage performers ... Edinburgh is a lively city at any time of year, but it goes mad ...
You still have time to get over here - it's on from the 3 to the 25th of August 2003.
AND there is the Jazz Festival from 25th July to 3rd August ...
AND the Edinburgh Tattoo (usually includes a Trinidadian pan band!) as well as other military bands (1 - 23rd August)
AND the Book Festival (10 - 30 August)
STOP ME !! Go to http://www.edinburgh-festivals.com/ for the details..
The Edinburgh Festival is the world most popular street festival. People from all over the world come here for the athmosphere, the street musicians, the folklore...
We were just outside that period, but still strange and weird people on the streets...;-)
This is one of the biggest festivals in the world and no matter who you are you will find something everyday of your stay that will entertain you.
The end of the festival is marked by a tremendous firework display set off from the castle. All the streets are closed for pedestrians to watch the show...see photo at bottom of page.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the world's largest arts festival. If you get the chance, it's a must see. This year's event runs from 4 - 26 August 2002. The Programme is launched in early June - http://www.edfringe.com/home.html will keep you up to date with all the news and announcements.