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What’s On in Edinburgh August 2016

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Throughout August Edinburgh comes alive with street performances, pop up bars, cafes and venues. Both the Edinburgh Festival Fringe & Edinburgh International Festival run along side each other offering Art & Entertainment from Opera & Orchestra to dance, comedy & circus!

With the Fringe alone showcasing 3,269 shows from 48 countries in 294 venues across Edinburgh choosing one to go to can seem a bit daunting! Help is at hand with some great recommendations to get you started anyway!

The Telegraph : The 50 best shows to see at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival and Fringe

The Independent : Edinburgh 2016 : The 12 most promising shows at this year's Fringe and International Festivals

The Guardian : Edinburgh festival 2016: comedy shows that should deliver

Even more Festivals!

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL (13th - 29th August)

The Edinburgh International Book Festival returns to its home in Charlotte Square Gardens with over 750 events for both adults and children. 

The festival welcomes more than 800 authors in over 700 events including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

Entry to the Gardens is free and there is much to enjoy during a visit to the Book Festival, it's not only about the ticketed events. The Festival's home, the beautiful, leafy Charlotte Square Gardens, is a wonderful space in which to sit, talk, think, play and be entertained. You can see a favourite author, join in a workshop or debate, enjoy a cuppa in the café, a beer or a wee dram in the Spiegeltent, or simply park yourself on the grass (with or without a book) and soak up the atmosphere.

They also have a mini-festival called Unbound taking place in the Spiegeltent from 9pm until 11pm (14-29 August) offering authors the opportunity to try new approaches. You can expect a mix of literature, music, a good glass or two of the fine stuff and a few surprises. It is absolutely free, so go along one evening with some friends and enjoy.

For the full programme & tickets see the website.

EDINBURGH ART FESTIVAL (1st - 28th August)

Now in its 13th year the Edinburgh Art Festival includes exhibitions in venues the length and breadth of the city.

This year's programme features the Dazzle Ship, a major project in Leith and well worth a visit. Artist Ciara Phillips has covered the entire surface of a ship with her own response to the dazzle designs that featured on ships during the First World War.
Great Scottish art is also showcased with William Gillies & John Maxwell’s exhibition at the City Art Centre. Two of the most significant Scottish artists of the 20th Century, Gillies and Maxwell met at Edinburgh College of Art in the 1920s. The exhibition features over 70 artworks and archival objects displayed across two floors of the gallery.

Fancy an evening at the Art Festival? Why not join ‘Art Late’ throughout August, combining late openings with live music, artist talks and tours after 6pm.

To find out more about what's happening in this year's festival see the website.

Traditional Festival treat

EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO (5th - 27th August)
Set against the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, this 90-minute performance is a unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre, hosting over 1,000 military and civilian performers every night.

Past performances have included dancers, steel bands, flag-wavers, drill teams, zulu warriors, camels, elephants, cavalry, motorcyclists, and police dogs & it all ends with a spectacular firework display.

For tickets & information see the website.

Dining with a difference

JUPITER ARTLAND SUMMER GATHERINGS DINNER (13th August)

Milk and Jupiter Artland will be hosting several evening dinners throughout the Summer. Sourcing the best local and seasonal produce and making use of the wild and cultivated ingredients from the estate here at Jupiter. Each evening a five course dinner will be served in the Proposal Room Cafe with the wonderful sculpture gardens as a backdrop. Price from £45.00 per person.

To book see the website, but be quick!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe ↑

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe ↑

Ciara Phillips, Dazzle Ship.

Ciara Phillips, Dazzle Ship. ↑

Callum Innes, The Regent Bridge. Photo by Stuart Armit.

Callum Innes, The Regent Bridge. Photo by Stuart Armit. ↑

JUPITER ARTLAND SUMMER GATHERINGS DINNER (13th August)

JUPITER ARTLAND SUMMER GATHERINGS DINNER (13th August) ↑

Thanks to Jupiter Artland


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