There are Festivals fer Arts (mainstream an leftfield) Film, Literature, Comedy, Television, Jazz & Blues, Politics, Storytellin, Science, Magic, Spirituality, Multiculturalism, History, Marketin, Tango, Harp-playin, an there's the Military Tattoo...
A History of the Edinburgh Festivals. 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. The Traverse Theatre, which has greatly enhanced both the EIF and the Fringe, joined the Feast in 1965, to be followed by the Jazz festival in the late 1970s, the Book festival in the early 1980s, and more recently the Art Festival in 2004. Contents: In The Beginning … Edinburgh International Festival Edinburgh Fringe Traverse Theatre Edinburgh International Book Festival Edinburgh International Film Festival Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Military Tattoo Edinburgh Art Festival Bibliography & Further Reading In The Beginning … The first festival was held in 1947, or was it?
Theatre Royal, Shakespeare Square, Edinburgh (reproduced courtesy of Matthew Lloyd) - see Arthur Lloyd site Venues. Beyond the Fringe. 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. Hugely successful, it is widely regarded as seminal to the rise of satire based comedy in 1960s Britain. 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.
The majority of sketches were by Cook, based on material written for other revues, including "One Leg Too Few". Controversy Influence The Beyond the Fringe story: Home. Festivals Edinburgh. Edinburgh Festivals: History and Timeline 1947: Three Festivals are Born Edinburgh’s reputation as a global festival city has deep roots.
It was over sixty years ago in the immediate post World War Two era that plans were developed for an arts festival that would become a much-needed ‘platform for the flowering of the human spirit’ - for Scotland, Britain and wider Europe. The Edinburgh International Festival was founded in 1947 – directed by Rudolf Bing of Glyndebourne Opera, and working with the British Council in Scotland and civic leaders from the City of Edinburgh. Some of the world’s finest artists and companies were invited to perform at the city’s theatres in that first year, and the founders had high hopes for the cultural, social and tourism benefits such a festival could bring if successful.
On the same year eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Festival, but not being in the programme didn’t stop these actors. 2000 and beyond. Scottish Screen Archive - Search - Results. As a schoolboy in the 1950's, Bill Dobson won two national awards in a cine-film competition run by Amateur Cine-World film magazine.
Bill's first acclaimed film, HIS CRUMBLING WORLD, made when he was just 16 years old, recounts the attempts of an old estate worker to preserve a long abandoned property from the ravages of time. FISHER'S ALL, his second successful film, made two years later, went further than national recognition and was selected to represent Britain in an international cine-film competitio. Edinburgh International Festival. The Edinburgh International Festival is an annual festival of performing arts in 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. History The idea of the Festival with a remit to "provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit" and enrich the cultural life of Scotland, Britain and Europe was conceived in the wake of the Second World War.
Bing, the moving spirit behind the enterprise, had looked at several English cities before shifting his focus to Scotland and settling on Edinburgh, a city he had visited and admired in 1939. The Old Town of Edinburgh from Princes Street Certain preconditions were obviously required of such a centre. Today Festival venues See also
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The 2011 Edinburgh Military Tattoo 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). History and etymology The British adopted the practice and it became a signal, played by a regiment's Corps of Drums or Pipes and Drums each night to tavern owners to turn off the taps of their ale kegs so that the soldiers would retire to their billeted lodgings at a reasonable hour. Today The new stands in place for the Tattoo of 2012 The Tattoo is run for charitable causes and over the years has given over £5 million to military and civilian charities and organisations, such as the Army Benevolent Fund.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Fringe) is the world's largest arts festival, with the 2012 event spanning 25 days totalling over 2,695 shows from 47 countries in 279 venues. Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place annually in Scotland's capital, in the month of August. The Fringe is a showcase for the performing arts, particularly theatre and comedy (which has seen substantial growth in recent years), although dance and music are also represented.
In 2012, 36% of shows were comedy and 28% theatrical productions. Theatrical productions range from the classics of ancient Greece to William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett and contemporary works. In 2012, 1,418 shows were having their world premiere. The Fringe is an unjuried festival – with no selection committee, and therefore any type of performance may participate. History John Bishop performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Early years Venues
Edinburgh Art Festival. Home. Previously... Scotland's Festival of History. Edinburgh International Television Festival. MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival - MGEITF. Edinburgh International Harp Festival. The Scottish Storytelling Centre // Storytellers. About the Festival The Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) is a 10 day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, bringing together a large number of Scottish and international storytellers and musicians.
The Festival takes place in and around Edinburgh. The main venue is the Netherbow Theatre at the Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile, the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Partner venues include the National Museum of Scotland, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the National Library of Scotland and many other cultural organisations in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Scotland. The programme is structured in a pattern of different events including evening storytelling events for adults, family and children events, partner venues events, workshops, talks & lectures, exhibitions, networking and professional development events and the national event Tell-a-Story Day. Storytelling is not a form of theatre. Travelling to Edinburgh for the Festival? 2013 « Annuale.org. Home. West Port Book Festival — Edinburgh.
Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace. Untitled. The Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Free Fringe Comedy, Theatre, Cabaret and much more every August. We're now busy preparing for the 2014 Free Fringe Festival, which will be back in Edinburgh from July 31st to August 24th 2014.
Keep an eye on this website for updates, and our new programme will be available here from May 2014. (you can still have a look at last years programme and reviews at the moment) For performers - now is the time to apply to take part in 2014... CLICK HERE to go to the performers area, and read about how the Free Festival Works, to see the venues we have available for 2014, and to put in your show applications. In 2013 we had another packed programme of shows in venues across Edinburgh with over 6,400 performances of 365 different shows. All of this, along with over 40 five star reviews shows, and 140 four star reviewed shows mean our free shows are also a sign of top quality Fringe shows, while we let performers and audiences experience the freedom of the Fringe, with a chance to experiment and enjoy. And as always, it was all Free! Edinburgh Comedy Festival. Edinburgh Peoples Festival. Traverse Theatre Festival 2013.
Festival of Politics: Edinburgh International Marketing Festival (EIMF) Forest Fringe. Edinburgh International Film Festival. 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. The EIFF presents both UK and international films (all titles are World, International, European or UK Premieres), in all genres and lengths. EIFF 2014 will the Festival's 68th Edition and runs 18–29 June 2014. The 2014 Edition will feature activity from the McLaren 2014 Centenary Celebrations, a Scotland-wide project celebrating the centenary of the trailblazing artist, animator, musician Norman McLaren.
Born in Stirling, Scotland McLaren spent much of his time in Canada where he helped to set up the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). McLaren 2014 is led by EIFF's Animation Programmer Iain Gardner and will take place at venues throughout Scotland from April 2014. Origin and scope Venues Film categories 2014 EIFF Awards External links
Edinburgh International Book Festival. The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a book festival that takes place in the last three weeks of August every year in Charlotte Square in the centre of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. Billed as The largest festival of its kind in the world, the 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, 2013 It coincides with the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as the other events that comprise the Edinburgh Festival. History The first Book Festival took place in a tent in Edinburgh in 1983.
Programme There are over 700 events for both adults and children in the three weeks that the festival runs. Running alongside the general programme is a Children's programme. Venue Fringe events See also Official website References
Edinburgh Mela. 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 festival moved to Pilrig Park in 2000, and to Leith Links in 2010. Running over three days in September, the event attracts around 20 to 25,000 people each year. Creative Scotland said "The  program aimed to and successfully reflected a range of cultural influences and intercultural influences through the selection of music, film, arts workshops and stalls. The festival site contributed massively to the overall Mela programme offering a centre and focus for celebration, community togetherness and providing the context for a great family day out. " Outdoor Theatre at Edinburgh Mela Children and Families at Edinburgh Mela History
Edinburgh International Science Festival. A science experiment being demonstrated to the public during the festival The Edinburgh International Science Festival is a science festival which takes place each April in Edinburgh, Scotland. The festival features hundreds of talks, tours and exhibitions for children, families and adults in locations around the city. The festival was first held in 1989, and its principal sponsors are the Edinburgh City Council and the Scottish Executive. The Edinburgh International Science Festival is one of the largest science festivals in Europe and the 2010 had over 200 different events across the city. The touring arm of the Edinburgh International Science Festival is Generation Science which is the educational outreach programme.
Notes and references External links Edinburgh International Science Festival.