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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

    Musselburgh

    Comedy about an American film crew arriving in a rural Irish community.

    Dates

    5 Sep 2015
  2. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    The award-winning television adventurer talks about his expeditions.

    Dates

    18 Oct 2015
  3. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Richard Calvocoressi talks about the photographer's experience as a war correspondent.

    Dates

    25 Aug 2015
  4. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A brief survey of the work of William Morris (1834-96) and how this continues to inspire others.

    Dates

    18 Nov 2015
  5. Gold

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A talk and private viewing of the exhibition.

    Dates

    27 Mar 2015 to 26 Jul 2015
  6. Shona Reppe - Magic Sho

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Musselburgh

    Abracadabra! A hilarious magic show for children appears.

    Dates

    14 Oct 2015
  7. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Legally Blonde is the best show in town, case closed! It is about knowing who you are and showing what you've got!

    Dates

    16 Mar 2016 to 19 Mar 2016
  8. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Discover how the Victorian craze for photography escalated.

    Dates

    19 Jun 2015 to 22 Nov 2015
  9. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    An exhibition of new large-scale paintings in oil by this esteemed Academician.

    Dates

    13 Jun 2015 to 19 Jul 2015
  10. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Thirteen landscapes from the distinguished private collection of New York's Asbjorn Lunde.

    Dates

    16 May 2015 to 30 Apr 2017
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