Forget camping in a muddy field or overheating at a European music festival, Edinburgh's jam-packed festival season provides event and entertainment in the fields of arts, theatre, music, dance, comedy and more! The events are not all part of one festival but rather a huge bundle of festivals taking place at the same time. There truly is something for all interests and workshops, performances and concerts are non-stop during the busiest month of August. These are our top picks for the Edinburgh festival season, but if you have your own favourite festival and we've not mentioned it, let us know!
You can kick off August with a performance by the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and visiting International military bands and display teams on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Around 220,000 spectators watch the performances in Scotland each year, and over 100 million people watch the broadcasts worldwide. The Tattoo has grown massively since the first performance in 1950, it is now an international favourite and is a must see if you can secure tickets. If you have so far avoided the sound of the native Scottish instrument on your travels, the Great Highland Bagpipe is well established in British military bands, and you may be pleasantly surprised!
This festival brings the top-class performers from classical music, opera and dance together. Each year the festival explores a theme, themes in the past include technology, New World, Far East and West, and in the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, the theme for 2014 is war and conflict. The festival pushes boundaries in its performances, and also throws in exhibitions, discussions and debates based on the theme to engage with the festival audiences.
If you needed another reason to check out Edinburgh, The Fringe is the world's largest arts festival and focuses on theatre and comedy performances, with humble beginnings as a breakaway from the Edinburgh International Festival. You can test out your own comedic skills in an interactive workshop, and then sit back and watch the professionals in actions as some of the world's best improvisers and well-known comedians take the stage across hundreds of performances in August. Aside from the big-name performers, The Fringe is known as a hotbed of new comedy and a potential career-maker for budding comics. With that in mind, you can catch real gems of future sell-outs in some of the smaller venues.
Ok, we know that this celebration is in the depths of winter and not part of the summer festival season, but you can't write about Edinburgh's events and not mention Hogmanay. Although the origins of the festival are up for debate, one thing is for sure: if you find yourself welcoming in a New Year in bonnie Scotland, the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations might end up being the best New Year's Party you've ever attended. Whole sections of central Edinburgh are roped off and turned in to the biggest street party in Scotland, with bands and DJs performing through to the wee hours. The midnight fireworks display has a canvas worthy backdrop of the famous Edinburgh Castle, and you can bring in another year singing Auld Land Syne with 80,000 other happy revellers.
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