Every August, a vibrant mix of street performers, musicians, artists, writers and comedians descend upon Edinburgh's performance venues and event spaces, bringing the city alive with an exhilarating programme of cultural delights.
For three weeks every August, Edinburgh's major theatres and concert halls come alive with critically acclaimed music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe.
Through innovative programming and a commitment to new work, the Edinburgh International Festival brings together world premiers, new takes on classical works and unique artistic collaborations which attract and thrill visitors to the city.
Crafted by Scottish composer Anna Meredith, this spectacular free outdoor event marks the start of the International Festival. The performance reflects on the end of the centenary of the Great War and is produced in collaboration with 59 Productions, the award-winning design company whose work includes the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.
Light on the Shore brings together some of Scotland's most seminal popular musicians including Mogwai, King Creosote, Julie Fowlis and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Celebrate the creativity, originality and international impact of Scottish pop music at the art deco Leith Theatre, recently described by The List as, ‘the best live music venue in Scotland’.
The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the International Festival to a resplendent close. Set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, this audio and visual feast boasts stirring music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a pyrotechic extravaganza choreographed by international fireworks artists, Pyrovision.
The Fringe Festival is home to thousands of live shows and performances including theatre, dance, cabaret, comedy, exhibitions, events, musicals, opera, children’s shows, music and more!
Scotlands leading annual visual arts festival presents thought-provoking work by talented Scottish and international artists within the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces.
One of the most iconic events on the festival calendar, the Tattoo celebrates the talents of military bands from the British Armed Forces, the Commonwealth and military teams across the globe.
Over 800 writers from all over the world gather at the Book Festival in leafy Charlotte Square for readings and Q&A sessions with audiences of all age groups including children, teens and adults.
Edinburgh's population more than doubles during festival season, so if you're planning a visit this year, we recommend you book your accommodation early.
The Bruntsfield Hotel is easy to access from the Edinburgh's main train stations and airport, and is only a 25 minute walk from the city centre.