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On the 30th April, as the sun sets, Beltane Festival actors and dancers will be re-imagining the ancient Celtic festival of Beltane for the thirtieth time. Beltane Festival will mark the changing seasons with a wild mix of drums, fire and physical theatre – on a scale not seen anywhere else in the world.

In 2018, the festival will return to the old Leith Theatre from 25 May to 3rd June 2018; with 10 days and nights of music, theatre, visual art, film, dance, spoken word, late-night DJ’s and special events. This year’s event will be turning the derelict Old Leith Theatre and the old State Cinema into a buzzing hub of music, art, performance for a ten-day jam-packed schedule. Music at Hidden Door steps up a level from previous years. A key highlight must surely be Leith’s own sensations Young Fathers, playing a heady ‘homecoming’ gig after their recent UK tour to support their new album, recorded not far from Leith Theatre. The performance is set to show what this amazing venue is truly capable of. Festival Highlights – at a glance Music Young Fathers, Sylvan Esso, Nadine Shah, Gwenno, Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood), Dream Wife, C Duncan, Admiral Fallow, Emma Pollock, DJ Food, DJ Nightwave, She Bang Rave Unit. Many more acts to be announced in the coming weeks. Theatre Selected Artists: Annie Lord, Modest Predicament, Tragic Carpet, Rob Jones with Matt Regan, Hannah Jarrett-Scott and Isobel MacArthur, The Golden Trailer Collective, Fiona Oliver Larkin, Alice Mary Cooper, Public Burning Theatre, Rosanna Hall […]

Do you enjoy eating outdoors in a fun, friendly atmosphere…? then Edinburgh International Society invites you to The Meadows International Summer Picnic 2018. It’s that time of the year where we start to celebrate the summer! A chance for the student, traveller, entrepreneur and young professional to enjoy a social picnic and meet new/old friends – joining our picnic absolutely free, so bring everyone you can! 🙂 If you’ve never attended an international social, this is a light and easy introduction and a great way to we recommend you consider this revolutionary event as your first! 🙂 Don’t forget to bring some light food from your home country or traditional local – It would be fantastic! 😉 When: Sunday, 18th June 2018 at 12:00 pm. Where: The Meadows Park. The meeting point in front of the (International Bar – 15 Brougham Place, EH3 9JX) WHAT TO BRING: • Your own picnic dinner and drinks. • Your own REUSABLE FLATWARE, CUPS AND PLATES (we are trying to produce as little waste as possible) • BLANKETS/CHAIRS to sit on. • Please CLEAN UP as you go! If you play an instrument, please bring it with you and join in. If you have an instrument that […]

Since 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival has brought powerful and significant work to delight and challenge the capital’s residents and visitors. Experience some of Edinburgh’s grandest venues, and to complement the performances on offer, a range of participatory events, talks, screenings and conversations with the artists themselves. Edinburgh’s six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe. The Festival presents events which cannot easily be achieved by any other UK arts organisation through innovative programming and a commitment to new work. What makes it special? Edinburgh International Festival is an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for peoples of all nations. Committed to virtuosity and originality, the International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre for three weeks in August. Over the course of the year, the International Festival team travel the world in search of the most exciting and creative artists working today. Together, it brings unique collaborations, world premieres, new takes on classic works, critically acclaimed productions and more to captivate, thrill […]

The spectacular Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings together unforgettable orchestral classics from Edinburgh’s own Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and awe-inspiring fireworks, specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision to enhance your musical experience – all set against the magnificent, historic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Be dazzled by the breathtaking pyrotechnics. Be transported by the joyful music. All against the backdrop of one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. Join the city of Edinburgh for this joyous celebration of summer festivals, inspirational music and breathtaking fireworks – marking the resplendent conclusion of the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival. Conducted by Clark Rundell, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra celebrates the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein with a specially chosen selection of his foot-tapping, flamboyant music – with very special guest artists.   After the interval, join the Orchestra for a mind-expanding journey into deepest space, with music from Gustav Holst’s visionary The Planets – from the overwhelming power of ‘Mars’ to the eerie beauty of ‘Venus’; from the seething energy of ‘Saturn’ to the majestic grandeur of ‘Jupiter’. All accompanied by a jaw-dropping display of fireworks from the Edinburgh Castle ramparts. Over 100,000 fireworks launched from Edinburgh’s imposing Castle make this one of […]

Edinburgh‘s International Storytelling Festival is one of the most admired storytelling events in the world and the largest of its kind – both from a programming and participation perspective, encompassing a wealth of cultures, traditions and styles. Enchanting performances, workshops, talks and events centred around traditional storytelling. This celebration of live oral traditions and cultural diversity brings together Scottish and international storytellers and musicians, to celebrate rhythms and methods of storytelling. Inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness, this is an inviting community gathering full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads. What makes it special? From storytelling performances to panel discussions, and an engaging family strand of storytelling activities around Halloween, there’s something here for all Festival-goers to get involved with. Although each event has a structure, there will always be an informal and improvised element to the performance, as the magic of live storytelling is the immediate connection between teller and listener. The Festival began in 1989 and grows every year, with more people engaging with charismatic storytellers using their words to spin bridges between worlds.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the world’s greatest New Year celebrations. Join us for three days of spectacular events, incredible bands and amazing audiences from every corner of the globe joins to show the world how to party! Watch or join in as the enchanting Torchlight Procession passes through Old Town in Edinburgh on 30 December, before grabbing your ticket for the famous Hogmanay Street Party and a spectacular fireworks display on 31 December. There’s also a toe-tapping ceilidh and concert in Princes Street Gardens too. On 1 January brave souls can take a ‘refreshing’ (read icy cold!) dip in the Firth of Forth during the annual Loony Dook. Spectators are more than welcome to cheer the looks on from the sidelines!