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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. Waiting For Godot

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Brian Cox and Bill Paterson star as Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett's masterly black comedy.

    Dates

    18 Sep 2015 to 10 Oct 2015
  2. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    NLS curator Paula Williams draws on James Wordie's collection to tell his story.

    Dates

    19 Aug 2015
  3. Bill Bailey: Limboland

    Type

    Comedy Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    The comedian and musician performs.

    Dates

    30 Nov 2015
  4. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Dr Patricia Allmer discusses a little-known 1937 work.

    Dates

    18 Aug 2015
  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    How social development saw the old village of Muttonhole become known as Davidson's Mains.

    Dates

    10 Nov 2015
  6. Canned Laughter

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    It's the 1980s and funny men Alec, Angus and Rory are one of Scotland's top comedy acts.

    Dates

    29 Mar 2016 to 2 Apr 2016
  7. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A film referring to the name of a Pictish symbol.

    Dates

    4 Jun 2015 to 15 Jul 2015
  8. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Discover the story behind Gunsgreen House

    Dates

    22 Sep 2015
  9. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A lecture on Sir David Dalrymple .

    Dates

    30 Sep 2015
  10. Jane Eyre

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    The Chapterhouse Theatre Company perform their adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel.

    Dates

    12 Jul 2015
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