Edinburgh the capital city of Scotland has entered into a month of festivals. It’s not only in Edinburgh, the whole of Scotland is in a festive mood. The beautiful city of Edinburgh has set off and have opened up many new things for this summer break. With a wonderful menu of events and festivals including the spring International Science Festival, the Film Festival and the Edinburgh Festivals including the Jazz, Book and Fringe – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
- Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo(6-28 August) gives the month a kick start with a spectacular display of military marching bands, massed pipes and drums. Acrobats, cheerleaders and motorcycle display teams will unite together to display their wonderful acts in the backdrop of the magnificent Edinburgh Castle.
- Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh International Festival (13 August – 5 September, 2010) was first held in 1947 to mark a return to peace after the ordeal of WWII. During these days you will see all things that is to say superlatively, the best in the world. Although the original event was a modest affair, today hundreds of the world’s top musicians and performers congregate in Edinburgh for three weeks of diverse and inspirational music, opera, theatre and dance.
“The Royal Mile becomes a colourful crush of people and performers, with stilt-walkers wading through the crowds and fire-jugglers’ flaming torches arcing above a sea of heads. Jazz bands and majorettes parade along a packed Princes St, Charlotte Sq is transformed into a book-lovers’ village, Princes Street Gardens is a sprawl with sunbathers and picnickers, and the pub crowds spill out onto the pavements. The city’s population almost doubles, and there is a permanent buzz of excitement in the air.”(Lonely Planet)
The most spectacular event of the festival is the Fireworks Concert, held on the final Saturday of the festival. The concert is performed at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens is accompanied by the carefully choreographed detonation of around 40 tons of artistically arranged gunpowder.
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Known as the biggest performing arts festival in the world, Edinburgh Fringe Festival(6-30 August) is one of its kind that attracts huge crowd of visitors. The Fringe one of the world’s most exciting and innovative drama events continues its ventures. Since its origin in 1990, the Fringe has been dominated by stand-up comedy, but each time they are noted for the sheer variety of shows.
- Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival (14-30 August, 2010) is held in a little village of marquees in the middle of Charlotte Sq. During this festival take place in a fortnight, you will come across interesting talks, readings, debates, lectures, book-signings and meet-the-author events, with a café and tented bookshop thrown in.
Now hurry, plan a long break into Edinburgh this summer!