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  • Models and designer on the catwalk during the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival
    Catwalk Show
  • The Lennoxlove Book Festival. Pictured here, Mary Contini of Valvona and Crolla speaking in the Great Hall
    The Lennoxlove Book Festival
  • Highland dancers performing in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
    Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Highland Dancers
  • The Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
    The Playhouse Theatre
  • The E4 Udderbelly, a Festival Fringe venue in Bristo Square
    The E4 Udderbelly, Bristo Square

Take part in great arts and culture events in Edinburgh & The Lothians, a region which is home to the world’s festival capital, Edinburgh.

The city and surrounding Lothians boasts an unparalleled calendar of events and festivals which peaks in the summer months with thousands of comedy shows, theatre, music, art, literature and more.

Edinburgh is the 'world’s festival city' and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, and one of several festivals which takes place in Scotland’s capital each August. In 2011, the Fringe featured 41,689 performances of 2,542 shows across 258 spectacular and varied venues.

Tradfest is a new festival which will showcases the best of art, dance and storytelling with workshops, concerts and gigs for the whole family to enjoy.

Discover the fantastic Leith Festival and celebrate the heritage, culture, diversity and people of the charming district of Leith. The Leith Festival started in 2002 and is a traditional community arts festival that takes place every year in June and provides a varied programme of arts, tours, music and food.

The world renowned Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), established in 1947, brings a touch of Hollywood glamour to Edinburgh’s famous cobbled streets. If you’re looking to discover the very best in international cinema, look no further. This magnificent festival seeks to highlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent and notable premieres in recent years have included The Hurt Locker, Ratatouille, Little Miss Sunshine, Billy Elliot and the Oscar-winning Disney•Pixar's Brave.

Every August, for just over two weeks, the world’s largest celebration of the written word takes over Charlotte Square. The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a fortnight of fantastic events with writers from around the world.

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival provides an array of story-telling performances, talks, workshops and discussions throughout Edinburgh.

If art is your passion, the Edinburgh Art Festival, Scotland’s largest visual arts festival is simply unmissable as it is home to a wide array of visual arts, exhibitions and events held throughout the city.

Use the information listings to find a whole range of arts and culture events in Edinburgh & The Lothians.

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  1. Edinburgh Gang Show 2014

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Young performers take to the stage.

    Dates

    18 Nov 2014 to 22 Nov 2014
  2. Barnum

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    This exhilarating musical follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, billed as America's greatest showman.

    Dates

    28 Oct 2014 to 1 Nov 2014
  3. Game Masters

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    An exhibition of works by more than 30 leading videogame designers.

    Dates

    5 Dec 2014 to 20 Apr 2015
  4. Edinburgh Art Festival 2015

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A celebration of new works, public art commissions and major solo works by international artists.

    Dates

    30 Jul 2015 to 30 Aug 2015
  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Celebrating international literature.

    Dates

    15 Aug 2015 to 31 Aug 2015
  6. Our War: East Lothian 1914-18

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Haddington

    This exhibition examines East Lothian's contribution to the campaigns of World War One.

    Dates

    17 May 2014 to 16 Nov 2014
  7. Crash

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Five new shows from five writers.

    Dates

    28 Oct 2014 to 1 Nov 2014
  8. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A public lecture given by Gordon Findlater.

    Dates

    19 Nov 2014
  9. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A celebration of the late, great John Fee.

    Dates

    2 Nov 2014
  10. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Led by the designers behind international brand Bebaroque.

    Dates

    5 Nov 2014 to 26 Nov 2014
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