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Please note that, with the exception of the twitter favourites feed, no further changes will be made to these pages. The new home for festival-related pages can be found here. That is where you will find the latest versions of the "August Feast" stuff, including a history of the Edinburgh festivals. From January 1st, 2015 accesses to this site will be automatically forwarded to the new site.


These pages hopefully contain useful information on Edinburgh and its August festivals for all fellow punters, both established and new. It should be particularly helpful to those who are trying the festival for the first time.

Most Popular Page is A History of the Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh Festival 2014

Links to main news since 2013 festival
Festival launches and early feedback
Digest of links to picks and previews
Links to reviews and list of most critically acclaimed shows
Summary of punter's visit

Festival postmortem

Edinburgh Festival 2013

Links to main news since 2012 festival
Festival launches and early feedback
Digest of links to picks and previews
Links to reviews and list of most critically acclaimed shows
Summary of punter's visit

Festival postmortem

2015 Festival Dates for Your Diary
International Festival
7 Aug-31 Aug
18 March
28 March
7 Aug-31 Aug
4 June

Book Festival
15 Aug-31 Aug
late June
Film Festival
17 Jun-28 Jun
late May
late May
Jazz & Blues Festival
17 Jul-26 Jul 

Art Festival
30 Jul-30 Aug
Magic Festival

Forest Fringe

Military Tattoo
7 Aug-29 Aug
Sep 2014
1 Dec 2014

Information on Fringe Venues

This section is relevant simply because there are just so many Fringe venues, some of which appear for a year or two and then promptly disappear, and occasionally reappear.

In my opinion The Stage contains the most comprehensive information on venues. It includes web site urls, maps, addresses, box office phone numbers and details of the productions. Be aware that the maps only show the approximate location of the venues.

Festival Mailing Lists and Friends / Supporters

Most festivals provide a mailing list which you can freely subscribe to. Others allow you to become a friend or supporter for a fee; this will normally provide you with advance information and priority booking facilities.

Mailing list links
Friend /
International Festival
Book Festival
Film Festival
Jazz & Blues Festival
Art Festival
Military Tattoo

The August Feast

The August Feast is my collective term for Edinburgh's summer festivals. It consists of various items of reading material in pdf format. Apart from A History of the Edinburgh Festivals it includes a brief history of Auld Reekie for those who are interested in the city and summarises my favourite shows over the years.

Site last updated on December 1st, 2014.

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The List to become free magazine
posted November 27th, 2014.
BBC News reports that The List, the Edinburgh-based what's on guide, is to become a free title. It will move from a monthly issue to every two months with print runs increasing from 18,000 to 25,000. The preview and weekly editions during the Edinburgh Festival season will continue.
Edinburgh cultural conferences
posted November 26th, 2014.
Two conferences will take place to discuss Edinburgh's current cultural status, and to make recommendations to the city council on how it can be "improved, continued and secured for the future". The venue for the first conference will be Summerhall on December 8th, 2014. The second will take place in February. See articles in The Scotsman and The Herald.
Website Changes
posted November 23rd, 2014.
Hi. I am in the process of rationalising my various web stuff. The new festival-related pages can be found here. You will see that I am in the process of making various changes. From December 1st, 2014 I will only update the new site, and from January 1st, 2015 accesses to this site (edinburghfestivalpunter.co.uk) will be automatically forwarded to the new site.
EIF joins pre-announcement game
posted November 12th, 2014.
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced that Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche,will be part of the drama programme at the 2015 festival. Public booking for Antigone commences on November 29th, 2014. This production can also be seen at the Barbican in London during March 2015. In addition, public booking for concerts and recitals at the Usher Hall and Queen's Hall will commence on February 14th, 2015. The complete 2015 festival programme will be announced on Wednesday March 18th, 2015 (the usual date).
Submissions open for 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival
posted November 5th, 2014.
Submissions are now open for the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival. Details can be found here on the EIFF website.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe roadshows
posted November 4th, 2014.
It may be my imagination but the Fringe's roadshows for prospective performers seem to be getting earlier. There are two in late November, one in London and the other in Edinburgh. The latest information on all the planned roadshows can be found here on the Fringe website.
Creative Scotland 3-year funding (2015-2018)
posted October 30th, 2014. updated October 31st, 2014.
Creative Scotland has announced details of its stable 3-year funding for 2015-2018. 100m will be made available. The Festival & King's theatres will receive funding for the first time under this scheme while the Royal Lyceum and Traverse see reductions in their grants of 17.5% and 11.1% respectively. See the article in The Stage.
St. Stephen's is back
posted October 15th, 2014.
Thom Dibdin (alledinburghtheatre.com) reports that St. Stephen's is up and running as a community centre. A tenant is currently being sought to run the building during the 2015 festival. It had previously been used as a Fringe venue for a number of years by Aurora Nova, and more recently by Northern Stage and The Traverse.
End of Jonathan Mills' reign at the EIF
posted October 3rd, 2014.
Sir Jonathan Mills' time as Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Festival came to an end this week. The EIF website has produced this celebration of his tenure. Fergus Linehan officially took over the role with effect from October 1st.
Chris Fujiwara steps down from role as EIFF's Artistic Director
posted September 16th, 2014.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced that Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara is stepping down from the role to pursue other activities.
Comedy fans see more than 300 Fringe shows
posted September 9th, 2014.
The British Comedy Guide has an interview with comedy fans David and Carole Chapple who managed to see over 300 shows during this year's Fringe festival.
EIF box office takings for 2014 exceed 3m
posted August 31st, 2014.
The Scotsman reports that box office takings at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival exceeded 3m for the first time.
Fringe declares that 2m tickets issued barrier broken
posted August 26th, 2014.
In its closing press release the Edinburgh Festival Fringe states that an estimated 2.18m tickets were issued during the 2014 festival.
Thundering Hooves version 2
posted August 24th, 2014.
The Stage reports that a 50k study is to be carried out to help Edinburgh's key festivals maintain their position as world leaders. Thundering Hooves was the report that was issued back in 2006 to investigate the problems which faced the festivals at that time.
Fringe registers small surplus for year ending Nov 2013
posted August 24th, 2014.
As far as I can see there is no article on the recent Fringe AGM which mentions the accounts. For the record, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society registered a surplus of 166k for the year that ended on November 30th, 2013. Members of the Fringe Society have access to the accounts via its website.
Festival funding essential
posted August 22nd, 2014.
Faith Liddell, director of the umbrella body Festivals Edinburgh, has told MSPs that it is essential that levels of financial backing for the festivals are maintained in the face of wider budget cuts if Edinburgh is to retain its crown as the world's leading festival city. See this article in The Scotsman.
Lyn Gardner disagrees with Demarco
posted August 22nd, 2014.
Lyn Gardner, Guardian critic, disagrees with Richard Demarco on his criticism of modern festivals. She considers that the spirit of the Fringe is alive and well.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society's 2014 AGM
posted August 21st, 2014.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society's Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014. Coverage in the media has so far centred on the reaction to the cancellation of the Israeli show from Incubator Theatre after protest demonstrations by pro-Palestinian campaigners. See the articles in The Stage and The Scotsman. The results of the voting for places on the Board of Directors have now been announced on the Fringe website.
Demarco decries modern Edinburgh festivals
posted August 17th, 2014.
The Scotsman reports that Richard Demarco, the veteran arts impressario, believes that the festivals have become too bloated and obsessed with awards. He feels that the Fringe has lost its founding spirit.
Warning of need for additional EIF funding
posted August 7th, 2014.
The Scotsman reports that outgoing EIF artistic director Sir Jonathan Mills has warned that the international festival will need to secure extra funding in the coming years if it is to maintain its position in the competitive world of festivals.
Fireworks concert sponsorship extended to 2017
posted July 30th, 2014.
The Scotsman reports that Virgin Money's sponsorship of the Edinburgh International Festival's fireworks concert will continue until at least 2017.