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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. The Venetian Twins

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    New version of this comedy of mistaken identity.

    Dates

    24 Apr 2015 to 16 May 2015
  2. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A musical comedy based on the 1988 film about a pair of conmen operating on the French Riviera.

    Dates

    15 Sep 2015 to 26 Sep 2015
  3. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A talk about how the Botanic Cottage is being rebuilt.

    Dates

    11 Mar 2015 to 27 May 2015
  4. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Off-the-wall animation, stand-up and music from The Mighty Boosh co-creator.

    Dates

    14 Nov 2015
  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Paintings from the 17th century.

    Dates

    12 Dec 2014 to 31 May 2015
  6. Pioneer

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Curious Directive In Co-Production With Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Watford Palace Theatre.

    Dates

    2 Apr 2015 to 4 Apr 2015
  7. O Is For Hoolet

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    One-woman show about the Scots language.

    Dates

    23 Apr 2015 to 25 Apr 2015
  8. Talking Trees

    Type

    Literary

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    The RBGE's volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations.

    Dates

    17 May 2015
  9. BP Portrait Award 2014

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Contemporary portrait paintings created by entrants in the 33rd year of the competition.

    Dates

    29 Nov 2014 to 12 May 2015
  10. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Find out about the intriguing history of one of Renaissance Venice's most famous 'luxury' products, needlepoint lace.

    Dates

    24 Apr 2015
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