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Welcome

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
Awards
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
Awards
Summary of punter's visit

Festival postmortem


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
Awards
Summary of punters' visit
Festival postmortem


2015 Festival Dates for Your Diary
Festival
Festival
dates
Prog.
Launch
Public
Booking
International Festival
7 Aug-31 Aug
mid-March
late March
Fringe
7 Aug-31 Aug
early June
Jan?
Book Festival
15 Aug-31 Aug
mid-June
late June
Film Festival
17 Jun-28 Jun
late May
late May
Jazz & Blues Festival



Art Festival
30 Jul-30 Aug
April   
n/a
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.

Festival
Mailing list links
Friend /
Supporter
International Festival
Fringe
Book Festival
Film Festival
n/a
Jazz & Blues Festival
n/a
Art Festival
n/a
n/a
Military Tattoo
n/a

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 October 15th, 2014.


Latest Newsall 2013-2014 news | 2012-20132011-2012
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.