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Edinburgh Festivals

August 2004

Edinburgh has several Festivals each summer.  The original, over 50 years ago,  was the Edinburgh International Festival, now often referred to as the 'Official Festival'.  The Festival came to a finale on 5 September 2004 with a Bank of Scotland Fireworks Display and Concert,  from Edinburgh Castle and the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens.

The Festival Fringe developed as an unofficial collection of artists that came to perform in Edinburgh during the Edinburgh International Festival, but it is now highly organised, with a programme of over 200 pages, and a busy box office (Tel: 0131 226 0000  -  9am to 9pm).  It has now become the largest Arts Festival in the world.

  The Edinburgh Cavalcade 2

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  15 Aug - 5 Sep 04:      Edinburgh International Festival

  8 Aug - 30 Aug 04:      Edinburgh Festival Fringe

beginning with the Festival Cavalcade
Over 2,000 participants: 150,000 viewers expected.

Over 1,000,000 ticket sales expected for Fringe performances.

14 Aug - 30 Aug 04:      Edinburgh International Book Festival

  8 Aug - 29 Aug 04:      Edinburgh International Film Festival

Over 100 feature film premieres.

 30 Jul -   8 Aug 04:      Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival

  6 Aug - 28 Aug 04:      Edinburgh Military Tattoo  This link includes music!

                                    1,000 performers:  9,000 audience

    4 Sep - 5 Sep 04:      Edinburgh Mela



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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

8 to 30 August 2004

Edinburgh Festival Fringe includes theatre, music, dance, comedy, children's shows, street entertainment, and photography!

Edinburgh Photographic Society's annual Exhibition of Photography at 68 Great King Street is part of the Edinburgh Fringe.

The Fringe Programme listing for 2004 has over 200 pages.  For Fringe Tickets, Tel 0131 226 0000 (9am-9pm).   Web site: www.edfringe.com

Box Office: 180 High Street (10am-9pm).  

Edinburgh Fringe 2003  -  Results

With the 2003 Festivals coming to an end, the press reports large number of visitors in the fine weather throughout August.  This year has been a record year for sales.

-  Edinburgh Fringe Festival  -  Results of 2003 Fringe:
Ticket sales approx 1,200,000 - up over 20% on last year.  This is the first year that ticket sales have exceeded 1,000,000.
The 2003 Festival included 1,541 shows, another record.

-  Edinburgh Book Festival  -  Ticket sales approx 180,000 - up 10% on last year.  

-  Edinburgh International Festival  -  Ticket sales up 15% on 2002.

[Edinburgh Evening News:  25 August 2003, p.9]



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