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Brightly dressed performers take part in the Edinburgh Festival Carnival on the city's Princes Street © Kenny Lam
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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. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A contemporary performance piece about women in science.

    Dates

    31 Jul 2014 to 24 Aug 2014
  2. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Tableau vivant installations.

    Dates

    9 Aug 2014 to 25 Aug 2014
  3. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Sharp stand-up.

    Dates

    31 Jul 2014 to 21 Aug 2014
  4. Simon Amstell: To Be Free

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Simon Amstell

    Dates

    6 Feb 2015
  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Alexis Dubus's quick-witted Gallic alter ego muses on mortality, masculinity and his own magnificence.

    Dates

    30 Jul 2014 to 25 Aug 2014
  6. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A priest who has devoted his life to God fights daily against the temptations of the flesh. Now he must confront the man, or angel or demon, who haunts him.

    Dates

    18 Aug 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
  7. West Lothian Write

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Livingston

    Spoken word event.

    Dates

    29 Aug 2014
  8. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    With MC Will Mars.

    Dates

    31 Jul 2014 to 24 Aug 2014
  9. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Cultural humour from Hiroshi Shimizu.

    Dates

    31 Jul 2014 to 24 Aug 2014
  10. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Witty banter on all the pitfalls of romance.

    Dates

    30 Jul 2014 to 25 Aug 2014
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