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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 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 post-mortem

Edinburgh Festival 2012

Links to main news since 2011 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 punters' visit
Festival post-mortem

2014 Festival Dates for Your Diary
International Festival
8 Aug-31 Aug
18 March
29 March
1 Aug-25 Aug
5 June now
Book Festival
9 Aug-25 Aug
11 June
24 June
Film Festival
18 Jun-29 Jun
28 May
2 June
Jazz & Blues Festival
18 Jul-27 Jul
14 May
14 May
Art Festival
31 Jul-31 Aug
13 March
Magic Festival
27 Jun-4 Jul
22 April
22 April
Forest Fringe 6 Aug-17 Aug June n/a
Military Tattoo
1 Aug-23 Aug
Sep 2013
Italics indicate that dates are provisional. Confirmed dates will be given when they are announced.
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
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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 July 30th, 2014.

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Links to critics' picks can be found here
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.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society's 2014 AGM
posted July 25th, 2014.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society's Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014. Voting has opened for election to the Board of Directors in the venue and open categories. Voting will close at 10.30am on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, i.e. the morning of the AGM. Pip Utton is the only candidate in the show participant category, and he will be elected unopposed.
Edinburgh Fringe shows to be beamed to Odeon cinemas
posted July 18th, 2014.
The Guardian reports that Hibrow, the digital arts company, has announced a deal whereby eight Fringe shows will be beamed to Odeon cinema screens across Britain.
Edinburgh Festival Carnival
posted July 17th, 2014.
The Edinburgh Festival Carnival is the traditional introduction to the city's summer festivals. It will be held from 2pm on Sunday July 20th, 2014. See the article in EdinburghGuide.com.
Modest attendance increase at 2014 Film Festival
posted July 3rd, 2014.
The Scotsman reports that attendance at the 2014 Edinburgh Film Festival was 46,000, 4% up on last year's figure.
Purchaser of St. Stephen's Church revealed
posted June 28th, 2014.
The Stage reports that Leslie Benzies is the purchaser of St. Stephen's Church. Benzies is the the president of Rockstar North, developers of the video game series Grand Theft Auto. Benzies, a resident of Stockbridge for 10 years, plans to use the decommissioned church as a community venue. It had been used as a Fringe venue for a number of years by Aurora Nova, and more recently by Northern Stage and The Traverse.
Forest Fringe Edinburgh 2014
posted June 15th, 2014.
Forest Fringe will once again be based in Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Leith. Details of the programme, which runs from August 6th to the 17th, are gradually appearing. Check the Edinburgh 2014 page on their website periodically for the latest information.
Giant Ferris wheel for Princes Street
posted June 14th, 2014.
The Edinburgh Evening News reports that festival promoters Underbelly will run a giant ferris wheel on Princes Street, next to the Scott Monument, during the summer festival season. It is identical to the one that is used in the Edinburgh Winter Wonderland.
Edinburgh Book Festival's 2014 programme unveiled
posted June 11th, 2014.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival has unveiled its 2014 programme. Information on the programme launch plus links to initial articles can be found here on the Pre-Festival Stuff page.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe's 2014 programme unveiled
posted June 5th, 2014.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has officially unveiled the 2014 programme. I say "officially" ... the vast majority of shows had already been announced by the venues, and tickets have been on sale, some as far back as January. Information on the programme launch plus links to initial articles can be found here on the Pre-Festival Stuff page.
Paines Plough to launch portable theatre at the Fringe
posted June 5th, 2014.
As previously mentioned back in January, Paines Plough will launch its 175-seater portable in-the-round theatre in August. It will be at the Summerhall venue where Paines Plough will partner with Northern Stage to present a series of performances. See the latest article in The Stage
Summerhall's 2014 festival programme launched
posted June 5th, 2014.
Summerhall joined the Fringe pre-announcers' club yesterday evening. Details of its programme are available on its website
Traverse Theatre's 2014 festival programme launched
posted June 4th, 2014.
The Traverse Theatre announced its 2014 festival programme last night. The details will be available on its website from 10am today when tickets can be purchased. The online version of the programme can be viewed here.
Edinburgh International Film Festival's 2014 programme launched
posted May 28th, 2014.
The complete 2014 programme for the Edinburgh International Film Festival has been announced. Information on the programme plus links to initial articles on the launch can be found here on the Pre-Festival Stuff page.
Made in Scotland 2014 Announcement
posted May 27th, 2014.
The list of Fringe shows which constitute the Made in Scotland Showcase for 2014 has been announcedMade in Scotland is a curated showcase of some of the best dance, theatre and music productions from Scotland at the Fringe. It was originally set up to raise the international profile of Scottish dance and theatre, with music being added last year. It is a joint initiative between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Creative Scotland and the Federation of Scottish Theatre - supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.
Additional 1m funding for Edinburgh's festivals
posted May 22nd, 2014.
The Herald reports that Edinburgh's festivals will benefit from an additional 1m funding this year. It will come from the Culture 2014 Programme, Homecoming Scotland 2014, Edinburgh City Council and EventScotland.

More on St Andrew Square Garden Fringe venue
posted May 21st, 2014.
Thom Dibdin provides further information on the use of St Andrew Square Garden as a Fringe venue by Assembly Rooms. It will house The Famous Spiegeltent, a 150-seater Mongolian yurt housing plus a free stage which will be built at the base of the central column.

Fringe ticket collection point at Edinburgh Airport
posted May 19th, 2014.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe will have a ticket collection point in operation at Edinburgh Airport from July 28th, 2014.

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival's 2014 programme launched
posted May 14th, 2014.
The complete 2014 programme for the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival has been announced.
Information on the programme plus links to initial articles on the launch can be found here on the Pre-Festival Stuff page.
Yet another tranche of Fringe shows announced
posted May 13th, 2014.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has made another tranche of shows available. This is the final tranche before the (so called) official launch on June 5th, 2014.

EIF and Fringe dates to be aligned
posted May 8th, 2014. updated May 17th, 2014.
Fergus Linehan, the incoming artistic director of the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), has announced that from 2015 the festival dates will be brought in line with those of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. See the report in The Scotsman
Further news ... new genres of music to be included in 2015 and (to the joy of some) no festival theme!
Former Royal High School to be used as a venue
posted May 8th, 2014.
The former Royal High School building will be used as a venue in this year's Edinburgh Art Festival, as reported in The Scotsman.

Edinburgh Art Festival commissions
posted May 7th, 2014.
The Edinburgh Art Festival has announced details of this year's commissions plus further information on the festival exhibition Where do I end and you begin.

George Street cafe culture
posted April 26th, 2014.
Based on the success of the trial last summer to make George Street one-way which allowed the creation of a cafe culture, Edinburgh City Council has given approval for the trial to be extended. This time it will run for one year. The Edinburgh Evening News gives details of the upcoming experiment.

Edinburgh Magic Festival's 2014 programme unveiled
posted April 22nd, 2014.
The programme for the 2014 Edinburgh Magic Festival was unveiled today. Further information can be found on its website. The press release
can be found here on the Pre-Festival Stuff page.
George Street marquees
posted April 18th, 2014.
The Edinburgh Evening News reports that Buckingham Palace-style marquees are to be set up in George Street from July in an attempt to establish a year-round cafe culture.