Posted November 09, 2012
From November 13th to 30th Edinburgh will host another great festival: Scotland’s History Festival.
This is their second edition after an unexpected very successful launch in 2011 which attracted over 5,000 people to 236 events. The organizers are of course history lovers, academics, journalists and authors of the subject. Their main aim is to bring history from the universities, libraries and museums into cafes, bars and streets. A series of talks, debates and tours will make you up to date with the history of Edinburgh and Scotland.
Posted November 09, 2012
Posted September 24, 2012
One of the biggest New Year’s celebrations in Europe is coming: The Edinburgh Hogmanay! Every year, thousands of people from all over the world gather in Edinburgh to welcome the new year together with the Scots.
On December 30th, the event that kick-starts the 3 days of celebration is the Torchlight Procession. That evening, the public take part by carrying torches all the way from the Royal Mile to the Carlton Hill where there is a beautiful concert with fireworks display. In order to join the procession from the very beginning it’s recommended to arrive at Parliament Square by at least 6pm.
Posted August 31, 2012
This Sunday, September 2nd, at 9pm one of the most awaited events of the year will take place: the closing ceremony of the Edinburgh International Festival & Fireworks Concert.
The fireworks were specially designed and choreographed to music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The concert will be held in Princes Street Gardens with Edinburgh Castle as the backdrop for the fireworks. The show will take 45 minutes and will provide viewers with an unforgettable and unique experience.
Posted August 23, 2012
Storytelling is one of the most ancient forms of art; through it generations were educated and inspired. It is so powerful in stimulating the imagination and taking the listeners to other worlds that it can be quite addictive. It also brings people together rich and poor, the old and the young, while they share the enthusiasm of the storyteller.
In order to celebrate and promote this incredible tradition, storytellers and audiences from all over the world will gather in Edinburgh to take part in the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. This year’s edition will take place from October 19 to 28.
Posted August 17, 2012
Another great festival being held in August in Edinburgh is the International Book Festival. It takes place on Charlotte Square from August 11th to 27th.
It’s the largest book festival in the world! Acclaimed writers such as Ian McEwan, James Kelman, Will Self, Pankaj Mishra, Pat Barker, Gavin Esler and Louise Welsh will launch their new books here. The Festival will gather 800 authors from 44 different countries. Here you will find books that you wouldn’t find in a regular bookshop!
Posted August 9, 2012
It can be very hard to choose what to see, especially with so many different names you might have never heard of. The beauty of the Fringe is to adventure of immersing yourself into the world of art without having a clue of what you are going to see or if you are going to enjoy it.
The first week of the Festival should certainly be about experimenting. Now, coming to the second week, you can go for those performances that have got the best reviews.
There are so many options out there that it’s good to hear from others what they think is worth watching. Following is a short list of reviews that will help you choose what to watch next.
Posted August 3, 2012
As the temperature rises and the Fringe starts, Edinburgh is changing its face. Many streets are closed for traffic and open to the public with terrazas, food & drink stands and stages. Being here at this time of the year is a unique experience.
The weather is not as hot as in most of European capitals, which makes walking and enjoying al fresco dining a truly pleasant experience.
Some odd showers may happen but hopefully it will be when you are watching a play or stand-up comedy in a pub.
If you have never been to the Fringe Festival before and haven’t been able to plan your visit in advance, here are some tips.
Posted July 12, 2012
We are approaching the season of the Festivals in Edinburgh and of course, there is much excitement as programmes are being released.
Today we will give you an insight into the UK’s largest visual art festival: Edinburgh Art Festival which will take place from August 2nd to September 2nd. It will feature over 45 exhibitions in more than 30 venues, from the city’s museums to galleries and outdoor historical sites.
The programme includes exhibitions by internationally-renowned artists, by some of the UK’s most important artists and by very talented emerging artists.
Following is a list with this year’s highlights so you don’t miss them!
Posted July 8, 2012
From July 20 to 29, Edinburgh will host its annual Jazz & Blues Festival. There’ll be performances of some of the greatest jazz musicians from over the world. A Jazz summer school and talks are also part of this year’s events.
One of the highlights of the Festival is the World Jazz Orchestra. Musicians from 16 countries will play the music of Duke Ellington under the direction of Joe Temperley, Scotland’s greatest jazz musician.
Posted July 2, 2012
From July 6 to 8 come to Edinburgh to enjoy the most exquisite and tasteful (pun intended!) event of the year The Taste of Edinburgh! The organisers of this year’s edition expect over 30,000 visitors!
The location is perfect! The Meadows is one of the most popular parks in the city, walking distance from most of the city’s attractions.
The hottest Scottish restaurants will be represented. Michelin starred and talented chefs will showcase the best of their skills with signature dishes using seasonal and premium ingredients.