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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. Preview: Raoul De Keyser

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Preview of the exhibition by the Belgian artist.

    Dates

    14 Feb 2015
  2. YAMA

    Type

    Dance Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Scottish Dance Theatre perform physical theatre about rituals associated with mountains.

    Dates

    18 Feb 2015
  3. Turner In January 2015

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Annual display of watercolours by the artist.

    Dates

    2 Jan 2015 to 31 Jan 2015
  4. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A play set in a modest home on the outskirts of Kiev, where Katya and Oksana are busy preparing a funeral meal for their beloved Sasha.

    Dates

    31 Mar 2015 to 4 Apr 2015
  5. The Producers

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Based on Mel Brooks' Academy Award-winning movie, The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that has won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards; it opens its UK tour featuring one of the UK's best loved comedians Jason Manford.

    Dates

    23 Mar 2015 to 28 Mar 2015
  6. The King's Speech

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Drama about King George VI and speech therapist Lionel Logue.

    Dates

    18 May 2015 to 23 May 2015
  7. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Puccini's love tragedy.

    Dates

    28 Mar 2015
  8. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A comedy of errors set in a doll-maker's workshop.

    Dates

    10 Feb 2015
  9. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    With Aisling Bea, Ray Bradshaw, Chris Forbes and Joe Hart.

    Dates

    4 Apr 2015
  10. A Night Of Dirty Dancing

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Bathgate

    Music and dance routines from the film.

    Dates

    13 Apr 2015
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