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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. Festival Of Museums

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Edinburgh & The Lothians

    A variety of events celebrating Scotland's museums.

    Dates

    13 May 2016 to 15 May 2016
  2. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent returns after critically acclaimed tours of Madama Butterfly, Traviata and Rigoletto, bringing a new production of Tosca boasting a magnificent new set reflecting the architecture of Rome.

    Dates

    11 Mar 2016
  3. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    An in depth look at the famous artist's 1947 work.

    Dates

    16 Feb 2016
  4. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A triple-bill of contemporary dance works by Kate Flatt, Itzik Galili and Sharon Watson.

    Dates

    5 Mar 2016
  5. The Crucible

    Type

    Theatre Event

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Arthur Miller's symbolic drama about the 17th century Salem witch trials.

    Dates

    18 Feb 2016 to 19 Mar 2016
  6. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    The Inspiring People talks bring big names from television, exploration and academia to Edinburgh.

    Dates

    23 Sep 2015 to 16 Mar 2016
  7. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    This revelatory exhibition of work by Scottish women artists concentrates on painters and sculptors.

    Dates

    27 Nov 2015 to 26 Jun 2016
  8. All Age Ceilidh

    Type

    Dance Event

    Gradings

    Midlothian

    A fun ceilidh for all the family.

    Dates

    19 Mar 2016
  9. BP Portrait Award 2015

    Type

    Arts & Cultural

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Contemporary portrait paintings, created using various styles and approaches.

    Dates

    4 Dec 2015 to 28 Feb 2016
  10. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Small is beautiful... The Tiny Homes Trail is a citywide installation of eco-friendly portable living spaces allowing festival visitors to see what downsized living looks like up close.

    Dates

    26 Mar 2016 to 10 Apr 2016
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