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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. Reformation To Revolution

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Portrait paintings from a time of massive social upheaval in Scotland.

    Dates

    1 Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2016
  2. Remembering The Great War

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Photographs, paintings and drawings marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

    Dates

    4 Aug 2014 to 5 Jul 2015
  3. Gradings

    Musselburgh

    A performance exploring William Blake's imagination.

    Dates

    30 May 2015
  4. Stewart Francis: Pun Gent

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Livingston

    Surreal and deadpan one-liners.

    Dates

    16 Dec 2015
  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Play by Tony Roper.

    Dates

    4 Jun 2015 to 5 Jun 2015
  6. Brilliant Birds: Talk

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A short talk about birds which introduces some rare and endangered species from around the world

    Dates

    12 May 2015 to 30 Jun 2015
  7. Forest Fates

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Kelly de Wet, Yulia Kovanova and Coral Mallow examine the idea of the Forest as a being.

    Dates

    29 May 2015 to 31 May 2015
  8. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Rare paintings, drawings and books by artists and visionaries such as William Blake, Lewis Carroll, Salvador Dali and Max Ernst.

    Dates

    28 Mar 2015 to 5 Jul 2015
  9. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    The Gondoliers is Gilbert & Sullivan's sunniest and brightest light opera.

    Dates

    8 Mar 2016 to 12 Mar 2016
  10. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A free summer's evening of science.

    Dates

    10 Jun 2015
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