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The Festivals

Edinburgh's Festivals are Scotland's world-leading cultural brands with expertise, vision, impact and international recognition unmatched by any other cultural events on the globe.

They are distinctively Scottish and yet profoundly international, drawing artists, audiences and media from every continent and over 70 countries each year.

They are cultural platforms, forums for national and international debate, economic powerhouses, drivers of ambition and creators of cohesion.

They represent Scotland at its most confident, its most open and its most creative.




Edinburgh International Science Festival

6-21 April 2019

The Edinburgh International Science Festival delivers one of Europe's largest Science Festivals, giving audiences of all ages amazing experiences through a programme of innovative and inspiring discussions, workshops, performances, screenings, special events and exhibitions.

The Science Festival brings great minds together for a programme that fosters dialogues about the future of our culture, our nation, our planet and our understanding.

In addition to the two-week Festival, the Science Festival also delivers a primary school education programme that tours Scotland, and a variety of international projects.



Edinburgh International Children's Festival

25 May - 2 June 2019

The Edinburgh International Children's Festival presents the world’s best theatre and dance for young audiences with performances that are deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring.

With an emphasis on striking visual productions, the international programme continuously goes beyond expectations of children’s work, inspiring and delighting both the young and young-at-heart.

The Festival Director scours the world to curate the most exciting performances in theatre, dance, puppetry and multi-media and the festival has now established itself as the best places for programmers to see work of the very highest standard and discover new talents.



Edinburgh International Film Festival

19 June - 30 June 2019

Established in 1947, EIFF is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. 

Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent.

A mix of red carpet glamour, innovative and exciting cinematic discoveries and massive audience appeal makes Edinburgh’s Film Festival one of the world’s most popular and approachable celebrations of cinema.



Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

12-21 July 2019

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival plays host to the finest jazz and blues talent from all corners of the globe.

From bop to boogie-woogie to blues-rock, from samba to swing to soul, there's something to suit every mood and musical taste over ten groove-packed summer days. Plus look out for the free open air Mardi Gras and Edinburgh Festival Carnival events.

The Festival produces unique creative programmes and projects which can only ever be heard in Edinburgh – including Scottish/International projects and watch out for the Edinburgh Firsts programme which features musicians who make their Edinburgh debuts.



Edinburgh Art Festival

26 July - 26 August 2018

The UK's largest annual celebration of visual art, attracting over 250,000 visitors each year, Edinburgh Art Festival brings together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events.

The festival includes over 40 exhibitions each year, showcasing some of the best contemporary art alongside important artists and works from modern and historical periods.

Each year Edinburgh Art Festival commissions new work by leading and emerging Scottish artists, with a particular emphasis on artists who are developing work for non-gallery contexts.



The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

3-25 August 2018

The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution combining music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Massed Military Bands, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. 

Each year's Tattoo is very much a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe. 

More than 14 million people have attended the Tattoo, with an annual audience of around 220,000. In addition, around 100 million people see the Tattoo each year on international television.



Edinburgh Festival Fringe

3-27 August 2018

The largest arts festival on Earth brings the world to Scotland's capital every August, as thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows of all kinds and for every taste. 

Audiences can enjoy theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, children's shows, physical theatre, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. The work on show ranges from huge names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers. 

The Fringe is totally open-access, and is a magnet for creative producers, the industry and the media, making it the biggest and most dynamic international arts market in the world.



Edinburgh International Festival

3-27 August 2018

Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world's most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating summer weeks of the finest art and culture from across the globe.

Founded in 1947, the International Festival is an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for peoples of all nations. Committed to virtuosity and originality, the Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre.

The Festival presents unique collaborations, world premieres, new takes on classic works and critically acclaimed productions, offering events which cannot easily be achieved by any other UK arts organisation through innovative programming and a commitment to new work.



Edinburgh International Book Festival

11-27 August 2018

The Edinburgh International Book Festival programme offers over 800 events featuring the greatest writers and thinkers in the world. From rising stars of fiction to Nobel Prize-winners, it's a place where audiences and authors gather to share ideas, have thought-provoking discussions, be entertained, informed, enthralled and challenged.

The Book Festival's home is the beautiful Charlotte Square Gardens, centrally located in Edinburgh's historic New Town. Each year the Square is transformed into a magical tented village, ideal for relaxing among fellow lovers of literature.

The Book Festival also offers a highly regarded programme of events for children and young adults featuring the finest writers and illustrators for young people.



Scottish International Storytelling Festival

19-31 October 2018

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival delivers enchanting performances, workshops, talks and events centred around traditional storytelling. 

This 12-day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity brings together Scottish and international storytellers and musicians to celebrate rhythms and methods of storytelling. 

Inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness, this is an inviting community gathering full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads. The Festival began in 1989 and grows every year, with more people engaging with charismatic storytellers, who use their words to spin bridges between worlds.



Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

30 December 2018 - 1 January 2019

Three days of spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing crowds from every corner of the globe make Edinburgh's Hogmanay the best New Year party in the world. 

See thousands of marchers bearing firelit torches, hear beautiful choral singing in St Giles' Cathedral, enjoy birling to traditional Scottish music in the Old Town, and watch top stars and incredible fireworks from Princes Street Gardens as Edinburgh's Hogmanay shows the world how to party! 

Extending the celebrations into the new year, Edinburgh's Hogmanay also presents the very best in music, art and theatre, curated by Scotland’s most innovative artists and musicians, to create a special journey through a range of hidden venues.

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For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is Festivals Edinburgh, G1 Waverly Court, East Market Street, Eh8 8BG
Please note that this Privacy Policy applies only to our site and not to any third party sites that are linked to from our site.

1. Information we may collect from you
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7. Access to information
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8. Changes to our privacy policy
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9. Contact
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