Edinburgh International Festival

9 August to 1 September 2013

Cover of Programme for Edinburgh International Festival, 2013

Programme for Edinburgh International Festival, 2013

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Edinburgh International Festival Society



Festivals and Tattoo

 August 2013

Edinburgh International Festival

9 August to 1 September


The picture above is of the cover of the 84-page Programme for Edinburgh International Festival, 2013.

The festival will be held from 9 August to 1 September.  Further details can be found on the Edinburgh International Festival web site.

Edinburgh International Festival has been held in August / early-September each year, since 1947.  It includes music (especially classical music), opera, ballet, dance, theatre and a firework concert.

The main venues for Edinburgh Festival performances are:

-  Usher Hall.

-  Festival Theatre

-  Edinburg Playhouse.

-  Royal Lyceum Theatre.

-  The Queen's Hall.

-  The Hub.

Other events that are  held in at around the same time of year as Edinburgh International Festival include:

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2 to 26 August

Edinburgh Festival Fringe was established in 1947 as an alternative to Edinburgh International Festival, though it was not given that name until the following year.

It has now become the world's largest Arts Festival, with a diverse range of performances, especially theatre and comedy.  Last year (2012) Edinburgh Festival Fringe staged about 2,700 shows at about 280 venues.

Festival Fringe - 2003

    Street Entertainment at Edinburgh Festival 2003  -  Pipes & Drums 2

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

2 to 24 August

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual event performed, staged  in the evenings on the Castle Esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle.

Different performers are invited each year.  They include members of the British Armed Forces and Commonwealth and international military bands.

The first official Edinburgh Military Tattoo was held in 1950.  There were 6,000 spectators.  Now the tattoo attracts over 200,000 spectators annually and is usually fully 'sold out'.

 Military Tattoo  c.1950

b    Edinburgh Tattoo, performed on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle  -  1950


Acknowledgement:  Some of the details above have been taken from the Wikipedia pages for Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh Military Tattoo.



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