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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 performance of the opera Jenufa.

    Dates

    16 Apr 2015 to 18 Apr 2015
  2. Slava's Snowshow (Over 8s)

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Clown show culminating in a spectacular paper blizzard.

    Dates

    3 Dec 2014 to 6 Dec 2014
  3. Gillian Goodheir

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Contemporary works.

    Dates

    8 Nov 2014 to 22 Nov 2014
  4. East Lothian Art Root

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    East Lothian

    Art Root East Lothian Artists Open Studio's takes place on 20 and 21 September 2014.

    Dates

    20 Sep 2014 to 21 Sep 2014
  5. Gradings

    Livingston

    A macabre and tongue in cheek musical based on the famous scary family.

    Dates

    9 Oct 2014 to 11 Oct 2014
  6. White

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Catherine Wheels present a fun and playful show.

    Dates

    17 Dec 2014 to 24 Dec 2014
  7. Gradings

    Musselburgh

    Musical show paying tribute to the 1987 film.

    Dates

    7 Nov 2014
  8. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Contemporary works in various media.

    Dates

    27 Jun 2014 to 27 Sep 2014
  9. Gradings

    Haddington

    Ola discusses the symbolism and iconography of light and looks at artists such as Caravaggio and Bellany to illustrate her talk.

    Dates

    23 Sep 2014
  10. Jason Cook Is Broken

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Sharp humour and upbeat storytelling.

    Dates

    11 Nov 2014
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