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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 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



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 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
Awards
Summary of punters' visit
Festival post-mortem


2014 Festival Dates for Your Diary
Festival
Festival
dates
Prog.
Launch
Public
Booking
International Festival
8 Aug-31 Aug
18 March
29 March
Fringe
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
n/a
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.

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 August 20th, 2014.


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