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What's on in Edinburgh

Scottish Open 2015

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For the first time in its 132-year history, Gullane Golf Club will welcome a
European Tour event next summer. The classic links will host the 2015
Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and in doing so will welcome
back a world-class field of golfers to East Lothian.
The tournament, which is played the week before The Open Championship,
is one of the best supported on the European Tour. The staging of the
event at Gullane, which has three renowned courses with two being ranked
among the best in Scotland, is seen as ideal for Scotland’s blue-riband golf
tournament.

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The Edinburgh International Festival

Experience the unique atmosphere of Edinburgh in August during an unforgettable three weeks of the very best in international opera, music, theatre and dance.

The festival for 2015 is packed full of thrilling drama from some of the world's greatest directors, scintillating classical and contemporary dance, world-class opera from across the UK and beyond, and beautiful music from a whole host of international conductors, orchestras and soloists. Don't delay, start planning your Festival today and make sure you've booked your seats for one of the greatest arts festivals in the world.

Contact Details

Official Event Website:
www.eif.co.uk
Phone: +44 131 473 2000

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The 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
This will be the 65th extravaganza to be staged at the Scottish capital's ancient Castle - a spectacular and inspiring backcloth for this remarkable and internationally acclaimed event. With innovative production, heart-stopping sound, imaginative graphics, state-of-the-art lighting and specially commissioned fireworks, the 90-minute show is set to captivate a large cosmopolitan audience. The line-up of nearly 1000 performers includes hundreds of musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers, as well as one of the World's most sensational percussion groups: Switzerland's Top Secret Drum Corps.
As ever, the emphasis is on sheer scale, colourful tradition, music, movement and spectacle with the show looking forward to delighting an international crowd with a rich story and setting.
As always, the exciting programme will include the unforgettable music of the Massed Pipes and Drums and the Massed Military Bands. Among the many bands taking part will be The Royal Regiment of Scotland and a stunning Combined Band drawn from The Royal Navy, Army and the Royal Air Force.
The show will be brought to an emotional and poignant close each evening as the Lone Piper, high on the castle ramparts, plays a haunting lament.

Where and When
Start Date: August 07, 2014
End Date: August 29, 2014
Address: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Postcode: EH1 2NG
Local Authority Area: Edinburgh City
Region: East Central Scotland

Contact Details
Official Event Website:
www.edintattoo.co.uk
Phone: +44 131 225 1188

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Edinburgh International Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is unique - the largest arts festival on the planet which brings thousands of performances to Scotland's capital city and where many international stars have made their names. A genuine celebration of ambition, passion and creativity for over 50 years.

Top Five Things To Do At The Edinburgh Festivals!

1. Queue up, at least once, for tickets at the Edinburgh Fringe box office in the High Street (ideally at peak times)
Unless you have a severe aversion to queuing, this is actually a good way to hear about those word-of-mouth shows, to swap tips with the people in front and behind you, to be entertained by performers who know they have a captive audience - perhaps you'll even be given free tickets to something. Queue with a positive attitude and it's actually quite good fun.

2. Spend at least two hours outside the purple upside-down cow at Bristo Square
As a local, I relish the chance to spend any time here and not be surrounded by skateboarders and winos, but this space tends to become the hub of the Fringe during August. Big-name shows take place inside the cow, and big-name celebrities hang around to be spotted. If the sun's out (or if it's at least not raining), this is a great place to have a drink, a bite to eat and to watch the kind of people you only over see at this time of year.

Why at least two hours? As the shows in the cow run to a regimented order, you'll very likely see the stars of a performance spill out and mingle with the crowds, which all adds to the mash up-style atmosphere.

3. Do the Book Festival
Even if you've never read a book in your life and don't attend any of the events, the Book Festival in Charlotte Square Gardens is a real oasis of calm. If it's sunny, sitting outside sipping a glass of wine amongst a rather more sedate crowd can be a great chance to unwind and relax.

4. Join in
If you're watching a street performer at the Mound or on the Royal Mile and they pick you as a "willing" volunteer, don't shuffle your feet and / or run away. Swallow your pride and go for it. Sure, you'll probably spend half an hour of your life as a figure of fun with a bucket on your head, but just think of the Facebook photos your friends will gleefully post later.

Another top opportunity to become part of proceedings is to attend a show and sit on an aisle seat near the front. Performers don't have time to scan the assembled throng for a likely candidate: instead they'll grab the closest thing to hand. That could be you.

If you don't want to join in, do not sit there thinking "don't pick me, don't pick me". It is a little-known fact all performers possess an uncanny psychic ability to pick up on this...

5. Smile
Even when:

  • it's raining (it will rain: this is Edinburgh we're talking about)
  • you've turned up late for a show and been refused admission
  • you're standing at 3am waiting for a taxi that never arrives
  • the show you're watching makes your toes curl backwards so far they rip your socks
  • the queue for the bar is 15-deep and you have 3 minutes before your next show
  • your body clock has yet to readjust to the Edinburgh Fringe time zone
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This Is The Edinburgh Festival

Where else would you rather be?

Where and When
Start Date: August 1, 2015
End Date: August 29, 2015
Address: Venues across Edinburgh
Local Authority Area: Edinburgh City
Region: East Central Scotland

Contact Details
Official Event Website:
www.edfringe.com
Phone: +44 131 226 0026