Get flash to fully experience Pearltrees
A History of the Edinburgh Festivals The first Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) took place in 1947. It was joined from its inception by what subsequently became known as the Fringe and by the Film Festival. Pipes and Dancing also took place in the early years, becoming the Military Tattoo in 1950.
Join the city of Edinburgh in a celebration of summer festivals, inspirational music and breathtaking pyrotechnics as the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the Edinburgh International Festival to a resplendent conclusion. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh’s iconic Castle, the evening brings together the stirring playing of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with a thrilling concert-long fireworks display, specially choreographed to enhance the musical experience.
Times: 2 Aug 2013 (All day) - 26 Aug 2013 (All day) The Edinburgh International Festival may have come first, but generally it's the Fringe that Edinburgh is best-known for. There's really nothing quite like it - "the largest show on Earth". The stats bear that out: the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe sees 42,096 performances of 2,695 shows in 279 Fringe venues . It's a sprawling, anarchic, sleepless month of live performances.
Sprawling, diverse and just a little bit crazy, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is The Edinburgh Festival for the hordes of punters and performers that descend on the city every year. From its humble beginnings in 1947, when a handful of companies that hadn’t been invited to appear in the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival decided to turn up and perform anyway, the Fringe has grown into the largest arts festival in the world. It has spawned copycat events everywhere from Dublin to New York, but nowhere has quite captured the heady exuberance and sheer diversity of the Scottish capital in August. True to its founding spirit, the Fringe is open to anyone who can afford the journey.
By Mark Fisher For 11 months of the year, Edinburgh is a relaxed, sedate city, revelling in the benefits of its capital status while enjoying the calm that comes with a smallish population. But come August, it’s all change. The population doubles, the atmosphere becomes almost continental, and the grey stone façades burst into colour. It’s the largest arts celebration in the world, drawing performers from Uppsala to Uluru and all points in between. Not everyone is enamoured of this dramatic shift in the city’s character.
The Edinburgh International Festival was begun in 1947 as a counterpoint to the subdued atmosphere in Edinburgh after World War 11.
The Edinburgh International Festival is a festival of performing arts that takes place in the city of Edinburgh , Scotland , over three weeks from around the middle of August. By invitation from the Festival Director, the International Festival brings top class performers of music (especially classical music ), theatre , opera and dance from around the world to perform. The festival also hosts a series of visual art exhibitions, talks and workshops.
Beyond the Fringe was a British comedy stage revue written and performed by Peter Cook , Dudley Moore , Alan Bennett , and Jonathan Miller . It played in London's West End and then on New York 's Broadway in the early 1960s, and is widely regarded as seminal to the rise of satire in 1960s Britain. [ edit ] The show The show was conceived in 1960 by an Oxford man, Robert Ponsonby , artistic director for the Edinburgh International Festival , with the idea of bringing together the best of the Cambridge Footlights and The Oxford Revue that in previous years had transferred to Edinburgh for short runs. John Bassett , Wadham College, Oxford graduate and assistant to Ponsonby, recommended jazz band mate and rising cabaret talent Dudley Moore , who in turn recommended Alan Bennett , who had been a hit at Edinburgh a few years before. Bassett also identified Jonathan Miller , a Footlights star in 1957.
The Massed Pipes and Drums performing at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2009 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of Military tattoos performed by British Armed Forces , Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh . The event takes place annually throughout August, as part of the wider Edinburgh Festival (a collective name for many independent festivals and events held in Edinburgh during August). [ edit ] History and etymology
About The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual Military tattoo given by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. The event takes place annually in August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival (a collective name for many independent festivals and events in Edinburgh in August).
The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is an annual fortnight of cinema screenings and related events taking place each June. Established in 1947, it is the world's oldest continually running film festival. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] The EIFF aims to present both UK and international movie premieres and to exhibit the work of film-makers. [ edit ] Origin and scope
The Edinburgh International Book Festival , is a book festival that takes place in the last three weeks of August every year (in the midst of the general Edinburgh Festival ) in Charlotte Square , in the centre of Edinburgh , Scotland ’s capital. The largest festival of its kind in the world , the Book Festival hosts a concentrated flurry of cultural and political talks and debates, along with its well-established children’s events programme. Charlotte Square during the Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2007 It coincides with the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe , as well as the other festivals which comprise the Edinburgh Festival . [ edit ] History
Mela Festival Logo The Edinburgh Mela is an annual multi-cultural festival held in Edinburgh , Scotland ,and is one of the 12 festivals that make up the Edinburgh Festival . The first mela , a Sanskrit word meaning "gathering" or "to meet", was held in 1995 at Meadowbank Stadium , and was organised by members of the city's minority ethnic communities.
The Edinburgh International Television Festival , founded in 1976, is held annually over the British August bank holiday weekend at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre . Featuring prominent television industry voices and sessions covering pertinent issues facing the future of broadcasting, the festival is best known for its keynote address: the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. This was named in honour of the writer, producer and director who died in 1974. The lecture features prescient speeches from controversial and powerful media figures that reads like a who's who of British TV over the last couple of decades.