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Edinburgh Festival

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It began in the late summer of 1947 as the Edinburgh International Festival, with the noble intention of creating ‘a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’. This flowering was initially inclusive of classical music, opera, ballet and theatre from some amateur as well as professional sources but today the world’s largest arts festival is annually stirred into life by over ten officially recognised literary, political, musical, theatrical, comedic and cinematic gatherings and a multitude of smaller ones. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the most prominent of these and has overtaken the original in size and popularity, providing a vast, three-week array of some of the greatest (and some of the most unconventional) comedy and drama, usually held at the end of August through the beginning of September. Such is the festival’s popularity that locals open their homes to visitors in a city-wide effort to accommodate the revellers.

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“Edinburgh Fringe”

Too big, too risqué, too open, too unruly and, most recently, too commercial and too professional. Whatever your gripe, Fringe remains too awesome to miss. Fringe is the rebellious younger sibling to the Edinburgh International Festival, which began in … Read more...

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“The Edinburgh festival survival guide”

By Owen O'Leary and Claudia Monteiro for The Guardian First Published 10th August, 2009 Owen O'Leary and Claudia Monteiro, editors of The Locals' Guide to Edinburgh, asked the city's seasoned festival experts how they make the most of the month of Augu… Read more...

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