One month, One city and Five Festivals!

Festival Month has began! This August thousands of shows, performers, talks, stalls and visitors, will bring life to every cobbled street and square in Edinburgh.
Everyone knows "The Fringe", but what are the other four and what can you do?


Edinburgh International Festival

Dates: 2-26 August

The Edinburgh International Festival (EDF) was the first major event of the curren festivals. Compared to The Fringe, EDF is the high-class and grown-up festival bringing the best opera, music, theatre and dance performances, both traditional and modern.

Each year this festival will have dazzling opening and closing events, a must attend if you are in the city.

Highlights: Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True, Rite of Spring, Peter Gynt and The Secret 


Edinburgh Art Festival

Dates: 25 July–25 August

This ambitious and accessible festival is one of the largest annual festivals of visual arts in UK. Most events are free and do not require a ticket. Venues are spread across the city, from major galleries to pop-ups, and It includes exhibits, pop-up events, tours, talks, workshops, and other events.

We would suggest using the Map from the festival’s website to find all the events, venue and organise what to do and where! 

Highlights: Victoria Crow: 50 Years of Painting, the abstract paintings of Bridget Riley.


Edinburgh Art Festival

Dates: 10-26 August

The world’s oldest and largest book festival, taking place in the world's first UNESCO City of Literature, located in the stunning Charlotte Square, a World Heritage-listed square. Many world famous authors come to this festival to discuss their works. If this is not enough, the Book Festival is free to attend, with loads of book stores, enjoy a cuppa or a beer and participate to any of the interesting programmes available.

Highlights: Salman Rushdie, Eddie Izzard, Josh Haner, Carol Ann Duffy, Prue Leith, Gordon Brown and Colson Whitehead.


The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Dates: 2-24 August

We are sure you have heard about the Military Tattoo and chance is that you are coming to Edinburgh exactly for this event. In fact, around 70% of August visitors come to Edinburgh for the world famous military event. This performance showcases traditional military music with its 1000 performers. From pipers, musicians, drummers to singers and dancers. The iconic event is unique, especially thanks to its location, the Edinburgh Castle.

This show is as Scottish as it gets!


Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Dates: 2-26 August

To complete our list, we could not leave out The Fringe. This flamboyant, loud and sprawling event is the largest arts festival is the world. The 2019 programme boasts thousands of shows, with both well-known artists and first-time artists performing in venues across the city (the main venues are Summerhall, Traverse Theatre, Assembly, Underbelly, the Pleasance and the Gilded Balloon). Whether you like comedy, theatre, dance, circus, cabaret or other uncategorised (or uncategorisable) things, The Fringe is for you.

Experiment, explore and be entertained! 


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