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Edinburgh - The Festival City

Edinburgh is the world’s leading Festival city. The scale, impact and sheer creative force of Edinburgh’s summer festivals alone literally transform Edinburgh into the Cultural Capital of the World.

Edinburgh’s year round Festivals ensure that the city’s inhabitants and visitors enjoy an unrivalled range of culture and entertainment; with music, theatre, dance, spectacle, science, film and visual art.

Rolling hills and the Old Town’s UNESCO world heritage site create the dramatic backdrop to this unique range of events. The combination of these two elements has proven irresistible to audiences of all ages.

Edinburgh takes pride in its festivals. Their quality, quantity and rich diversity are essential to the city’s vibrancy and creativity. They allow this capital city to reflect the wealth of Scottish culture as well as celebrate the world’s cultural riches; attracting artists and audiences from around the world.

The city boasts a comprehensive calendar of annual festivals and associated events. The Festivals and the rich cultural life they generate are a major factor in making Edinburgh one of the most attractive places in the UK to live, visit, study and work.

Spring Festivals

BELTANE FIRE FESTIVAL - EDINBURGH SPRING EQUINOX CELEBRATION

Celebrate the re-awakening of the earth from its winter slumber. Workshops, walking tours and exhibitions precede the Fire Festival on Calton Hill The Beltane Fire Festival is inspired by an ancient Celtic rite marking the fruition of spring and the arrival of summer. Festivities begin towards the end of April with a series of events including workshops, walking tours, seminars and exhibitions. The Festival is organised by volunteers of the Beltane Society, which has over 300 members. The 11,500 tickets for the main Fire Festival event usually sell out in advance. Discover the origins of Beltane and its modern day relevance at a seminar. Guided walking tours visit medicinal herb gardens and historical sites from the Lothians’ pre-Christian past. Perfect the art of body painting or design a Celtic knot at a workshop. The event culminates with the Fire Festival on Calton Hill on the last night of April continuing into the early hours of May Day. The May Queen and the Green Man, a ubiquitous presence in Celtic mythology, light a bonfire to symbolise the renewal of the earth.

CHILDREN'S INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL - EDINBURGH SPRING FESTIVALS

The UK's largest performing arts festival for children and young people. The Festival attracts Europe’s leading performers.

EDINBURGH CEILIDH CULTURE FESTIVAL - TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH MUSIC, DANCE, STORYTELLING & SONG

A celebration of Scotland’s traditional arts. The programme includes song, dance, music and storytelling.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FASHION FESTIVAL

Tailored programme of events including catwalk shows, talks, showcases for emerging talent and themed film screenings.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL - SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The world’s first and Europe’s largest public celebration of science and technology. Scientists share their passion and knowledge.

MARY KING'S GHOST FEST - EDINBURGH GHOST FESTIVAL

This festival celebrates and investigates the supernatural and paranormal side of this extraordinary city.

Summer Festivals

The scale, impact and sheer creative force of Edinburgh’s summer festivals alone literally transform Edinburgh into the Cultural Capital of the World.

EDINBURGH ART FESTIVAL - INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVALS

A new event celebrating the exciting mix of visual arts across Edinburgh every summer.

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE - COMEDY, MUSIC, THEATRE, DANCE & EVENTS

The mother of all fringes around the globe, open to any artist or performing company who wishes to participate, and in itself the largest arts festival on the planet.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL - STORYTELLING, SIGNINGS, AUTHORS & MORE

The biggest annual celebration of the written word in the world.

EDINBURGH INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL - EIF GAMES CULTURE

Delivering an enthralling set of events for both industry and consumers alike.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL - CLASSICAL MUSIC, THEATRE, OPERA AND DANCE

Founded in the post-war belief that the Festival should enliven and enrich the cultural life of Europe, it is widely regarded as the most exciting and innovative festival of the performing arts in the world.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - EIFF

A major event in UK cinematic life and the longest continually running film festival in the world.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL

Britain's biggest and most vibrant Jazz Festival embracing early ragtime to cutting edge rhythm and blues.

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL OF POLITICS - INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL FESTIVALS

Engage with the political process at the award-winning Festival of Politics.

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL OF SPIRITUALITY AND PEACE

Issues of our times and to promote dialogue and the building of a community in diversity.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL - TV AND BROADCASTING

Featuring prominent television industry voices and sessions covering pertinent issues facing the future of broadcasting.

EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO

The military’s contribution to Edinburgh’s international festivals, featuring a unique blend of music, ceremony and theatre, set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

EDINBURGH PEOPLE'S FESTIVAL - CABARET, MUSIC, THEATRE & COMEDY

A celebration of the arts 'for the people, by the people'. The festival contains an eclectic programme of cabaret, music, theatre and comedy.

Autumn Festivals

EDINBURGH MELA FESTIVAL - CELEBRATION OF INDIAN & SOUTH ASIAN CULTURE

Scotland’s largest intercultural festival has been going for over a decade. Events include classical dance, acrobats, craft workshops and Bhangra DJs.

SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

Celebrate the legacy and the power of the spoken word. Workshops, outreach programmes and over 100 storytelling events.

Winter Festivals

In the winter, Edinburgh sparkles with festive celebrations featuring street markets, special events and an ice rink located in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh’s Christmas provides a magical setting for visitors and residents of the city. Warm up with a mug of gluhwein at the German market before watching the Christmas Parade or glide across the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink at Winter Wonderland.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the largest New Year event in the world and its celebrations are world renown. The four day festival features a comprehensive programme of festive activities for all the family.

Join the warm embrace of the Torchlight Procession as it flickers through the city radiating light and magic. Europe’s leading street theatre companies appear at the ‘Night Afore International’ on the day before Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve).

Dance beneath the stars at Edinburgh’s world famous Hogmanay Street Party. The night combines ceilidh dancing, a live concert in the gardens and one of the world’s greatest fireworks displays. The Concert in the Gardens has attracted some of the world’s leading live acts including Blondie, Texas and the Scissor Sisters to name but a few.

Whatever your age, Edinburgh's Christmas is a magical way to make the most of the season of good will.

Whatever your reason to come to Edinburgh, You'll find everything your want in this, The Capital of Scotland and The Knight Residence.