Have you ever heard about The Edinburgh Festival? It’s a worldwide known festival that takes place in Edinburgh in August and doubles the population of the Scottish capital during this month. I have heard about this event a lot of times and despite my many visits to Edinburgh before moving here, I’ve never experienced it. What I didn’t know about it and believe many of you have no idea as well is that there are 2 festivals in parallel since the beginning.
The Edinburgh International Festival was established in 1947, in the outcome of the II World War to ‘provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’ through a joint celebration of artists greatness and cultural exchange. Theatre, dance, music, opera and workshops take place at the most well-known venues of the capital such as Edinburgh Playhouse, Usher Hall, King’s Theatre, National Library of Scotland and The Lyceum.
Taking advantage of the number of people who were in the city for the ‘main’ event debut in 1947, 8 theatre groups, even though not invited, decided to perform along side on the fringe of the Festival and so the Fringe was born and has been defying the norms for 70 years. Today, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest open-access arts and culture festival in the world. To have an idea, last year it had more than 50,000 performances including theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.
Whilst the EIF is more erudite and posh event, the Fringe, that started as an act of defiance, is a more popular and all kinds of taste celebration of arts and culture.
The Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe run from 4–28 August 2017.
The Edinburgh International Festival – EIF
All along 3 weeks, more than 2020 artists from 40 nations will be performing across 16 venues. The shows are paid and can be booked from the website: https://www.eif.co.uk/.
The Opening Event: Bloom will be held both 4 and 5 of August in St Andrew Square. It’s a blend of large-scale animation with architectural projection techniques using the front of the buildings as an ample canvas. It’s a free public event. The audience can book free tickets (sold out now) in order to guarantee their place inside before 10 pm. On a first come basis, non-ticket holders will be admitted after 10.30 pm.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
For anyone and everyone. Free and paid performances throughout 3 weeks and across closed and open air venues. You can explore every show and also book your ticket from their app! For the 70th anniversary, there are 70 prizes up for grabs! You can find a winning ticket in a chocolate bar. Very Willy Wonka.
Edinburgh: the world’s Festival City
Edinburgh is the world’s leading festival city, with a range of extensive annual festivals bringing talents from more than a third of the world’s to our streets and stages. During the summer, not only the both above-mentioned Festivals take part in Edinburgh. The city also hosts the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Arts Festival, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Knowing that, why not plan to visit Edinburgh this August or even next year? It’s the greatest gathering place for creative ideas! Also counts with accessible, audio-described and captioned performances so everyone is able to appreciate it!