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Brightly dressed performers take part in the Edinburgh Festival Carnival on the city's Princes Street © Kenny Lam
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  • The Mardi Gras Carnival at the opening of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the Grassmarket
    The Mardi Gras Carnival, the Grassmarket © Kenny Lam
  • Musicians perform in a pub during the Edinburgh Festival
    Musicians in the Edinburgh Festival
  • A pipe band marches along Princes Street
    Pipers on Princes Street
  • An athletic dancer from the Scottish Ballet performing 'Troy Game'
    Scottish Ballet
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Enjoy top quality entertainment at music, dance and theatre events in Edinburgh & The Lothians, a region filled with shows at a range of exciting venues.

Take a look through the list of events and find one to fit your tastes and the timing of your trip here. Edinburgh & The Lothians offer a variety of choice from local, national and touring groups, local bands, and much, much more.

Edinburgh’s international community comes together during the Edinburgh Mela Festival to celebrate diversity with music and style. One of Europe’s largest and most important multicultural events, the Edinburgh Mela Festival offers a dazzling display of international and local talent.

Part of the Edinburgh Festivals programme and official centerpiece of Edinburgh’s summer festivals, the Edinburgh International Festival was founded in 1947 and continues to go from strength to strength each year. This magnificent festival is quite possibly the most exciting, accessible and innovative festival of the performing arts anywhere in the world. A whole host of dance, music, theatre and opera lies before you.

Described by The Scotsman as an indispensable part of the Scottish and international theatre scene, the Imaginate Festival offers the chance to see award-winning productions from across the globe. This family-friendly festival, part of the wider Edinburgh Festivals programme, aims to ensure that children of all ages can experience the delights of live theatre.

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival originally started out in 1978 as a host of jazz events held in pubs, but it has since grown to become the longest running jazz festival in the country.

Browse the great selection of music, dance and theatre events in Edinburgh & The Lothians and book your tickets now.

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  1. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's beloved collection of poetry A Child's Garden of Verses, Howard Blake's playful yet nostalgic song-cycle, The Land of Counterpane perfectly complements the sound of the NYCoS National Girls Choir.

    Dates

    22 Aug 2014
  2. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A theatrical examination of how social media has bred a new form of narcissism.

    Dates

    30 Jul 2014 to 25 Aug 2014
  3. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Musical and comedy cabaret.

    Dates

    13 Aug 2014 to 24 Aug 2014
  4. Gradings

    Bathgate

    One of the 20th century's most impressive but overlooked figures is revived in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force performance by Tayo Aluko.

    Dates

    6 Sep 2014
  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Norwegian Jazz musician and his band.

    Dates

    17 Oct 2014
  6. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A play that takes place in 1914 in a field dressing station behind the front lines.

    Dates

    31 Jul 2014 to 22 Aug 2014
  7. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A programme of varied, cabaret-style entertainment, using spoken word, music, comedy and drama.

    Dates

    19 Aug 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
  8. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Bec Hill and Tom Goodliffe star in a story of friendship, courage and most of all, fun.

    Dates

    30 Jul 2014 to 24 Aug 2014
  9. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Works by Scheidt, Schutz and Schein.

    Dates

    20 Aug 2014
  10. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A documentary-style drama involving an ex-serviceman from the Afghanistan war who is at a recovery hospital in Wiltshire.

    Dates

    18 Aug 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
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