August through to September is festival season in Edinburgh. A throng of cultural celebrations occur in quick succession, offering something to suitevery taste. Whether it’s the artistic fringe festival or thetented delights of the literary festival, Edinburgh has delights for all the family.
The Edge and the Jazz & Blues Festival
The Edge festival is a celebration of groundbreaking new pop/rock acts that is steadily gaining momentum as a pre-eminent force in the music world. Tomorrow’s stadium fillers could be around any corner so get there and say you saw them at the start. For more classic tastes, the Jazz and Blues festival showcases the best old and new voices in the classic genres, proving a popular attraction in the height of July’s summer sunshine.
The Fringe Festival
The Fringe festival draws crowds from the four corners of the globe and encapsulates live performances of all varieties. Known as a breaker for tomorrow’s top talent in a range of industries from stand up comedy to theatre, you could see the next big thing in a small back room of a cosy pub. Well worth a visit and a yearly treat for lovers of the arts.
The Edinburgh International Festival is a symphony of classical music, opera, theatre, and visual arts that take over all of the City’s famous concert halls and top venues. The Usher Hall is the epicentre of the finest concertos whilst the Edinburgh Festival and Playhouse theatres proffer scintillating dance and live theatre. Edinburgh International Festival classically ends in a bang with dazzling firework displays and a concert in Princes Street Gardens.
International Book Festival
The tents take over Charlotte Square when the literary festival comes to town with famous guest speakers and a celebration of everything to do with the written word. With book awards and an alumnus of new and breaking authors alongside more established names, Edinburgh truly is a bookworm’s paradise throughout the month of August.
The British Military do pomp and ceremony better than any force in the world. Enjoy this August treat of marching bands, stirring music, and spectacular exercises that celebrates the style of the British Armed Forces in the historic streets of the Scottish capital.
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