Monday, 14 August 2017

Edinburgh festival 2017

Royal Mile performers and festival goers

Every August is a highlight of my year to venture on Edinburgh’s historic streets and to culturally recharge my batteries at the world’s largest arts festival. There’s a special freedom of creativity, where nearly anything goes – a smorgasbord melting pot of colour, comedy, dance, song,

There’s also the high water marks of the main festival – with opera, classical, ballet, drama, and more. .
Edinburgh is ideal to see on foot with the Royal mile, the mound and over to the new town.

This year EIF celebrates 70 years!
Begun in 1947.
Comedy at the Pleasance and elsewhere is the main attraction. Remember to read the Scotsman reviews!

Then there is the wonderful literary hub of the Edinburgh International book festival at Charlotte Square – with poets, artists, sportsmen, politicians, and more.

Hopefully the sun will shine, the tattoo fireworks every evening will light our skies, and there’ll be many more joyful celebrations for those twilight summer days and nights, and with autumn leaves soon in the air.

posters on the royal mile

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2017  Celebrates its 70th anniversary

The Fringe began in 1947 when eight groups arrived in Edinburgh hoping to perform at the newly formed Edinburgh International Festival but were refused entry. Rather than being discouraged from performing, they went ahead and performed on the fringe of the Festival anyway and so the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was born.
2017 marks the 70th anniversary of these eight groups’ defiance and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now the largest arts festival in the world.
The Fringe is a truly open access festival where, in the spirit of the original eight, no one is denied entry, making it the largest platform on earth for creative freedom.