Known to be the largest arts festival in the world Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 showcases 41,689 performances of 2,542 shows in a series of 258 venues in August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Crammed with stories, experiences and reflections of producers, artists and companies form all over the world; this event attracts thousands of spectators from both far away and wide.
The festival which commenced on August 5th continuing till 29th will be launched by the Chief Executive of the Festival Fringe, Kath M Mainland. In its 65th year of groundbreaking performances and events, the festival in 2011 will be the largest and most successful of its kind.
Prominently known for its variety in various terms of comedy, theatre to dance, opera, rock and cabaret, it is an art form that is appearing for the first time in its own category. A part of Edinburgh Festivals, this year’s new competitor for the Fringe is the cabaret show that features acrobats, feminist burlesque, ukuleles and mind reading psychics.
Being a launch pad for successful careers of big stars, the official programme highlights the best of performances displaying a celebration of arts and entertainment. Get a look at the best of pictures from Edinburgh Fringe 2011.
The story that dates back to 1947, which saw eight theatre groups, uninvited, coming out successfully by performing to enrich the European cultural life in the wake of World war 2 has turned into a growing trend of performances by internationally renowned artists. Year after year in every August, responding to the success, performers form all over the world delights and excites audiences from home and abroad flock to the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh’s famous historical venues and cobbled streets.
This event promotes the wealth of the country’s creative talents at the Fringe and also raises the profile of Scotland’s world class artists internationally. So come on in and join the celebration that has grown enormously important with world class festivals and arts market! Also check out the schedules for each day
Ahead of 2014 Commonwealth Games, a programme to exhibit Scotland creativity has been created by the Arts development agency Creative Scotland. A multimillion-pound plan, the designing of the programme that costs £6.5m will be taken from the National Lottery cash. With the purpose of showcasing Scotland’s creativity to the whole world, this three year plan has a series of programmes. ‘Creative places awards’ is one among them, which is meant to celebrate the various communities that has a track record of organising rich cultural events.
Relying on the goodwill of this programme which is sure to increase international and domestic tourism, the organisers hold a view that it could develop new partnerships between the cultural, tourism and heritage sectors. It will be seen that the cultural showcase will begin next year and continue into 2014. With creativity on show, 2012 will be a year of nationwide display of Creative Scotland’s cultural assets and outstanding new work.
Known to have a rich culture and heritage, Scotland is increasingly recognised for its contemporary and creative cutting edge. This new programme will set the eyes of the world on UK during 2012 and 2014.
With Edinburgh Fringe Festival nearing in the rail bosses have failed to add any new late-night special train service for the festival, between Edinburgh and Glasgow. With the festivals on, it was much talked about to add any new trains, but the service between, Edinburgh and Glasgow remains the same as it was four years before.
Despite the surge in the number of revellers it would have been a huge increase to the sale of tickets, still no new trains have been put on track for the festival. With no new trains joining in, the revellers have to leave Edinburgh Waverly at Midnight Sunday. The call for late night trains has been there for long, but still nothing has been done on it, which leaves people with no other option than sticking to the present rail service.
Though, it was known that, Scot rail will be providing a new late night service for the Fringe festival, to cater to the crowds by the Sea festival in North Berwick leaving the town at 11:55pm from August 10th to 15th. Hope the revellers will be satisfied with the present train services for the fringe festival.
News Source : The Scotsman
Scotland is about to get a major tourist attraction soon with the transformation of the home of ‘Sir Walter Scott‘, in the Borders. The ‘Abbotsford House’ will get a makeover with the grant of £4.8m by the Heritage lottery fund. This project has seen lot of support and appreciation from all corners, Lord Sanderson, chairman of Abbotsford Trust said that, this project will create a legacy for one of the Scotland’s important son.
Sir Walter Scott was a Scottish historical novelist and poet, he was also the first English language author to get an international career in his life.
It was learnt that a new visitor centre, learning suite and exhibition area will also be constructed along with other repair works. This project will be one of the major tourist attractions with Sir Walter Scott being the person who lifted the Scottish identity at the global platform with his literary works.
This project will also draw lot of revenue for the Scotland tourism board being a world class tourist attraction.
Source : BBC News
Tayside is once again in the news, this time it’s for a good reason, the annual report of the force has shown that the crime rate in Tayside has dropped significantly. The drop is expected to be 12.5 per cent, which is the lowest level in a decade. This plunge in crime rate has come as a good sign for Tayside followed with a drop in the violence and robbery cases.
This was possible only because of the efforts put on by the dedicated and hardworking police force, who all were working really hard to achieve this goal. Along with local policing the police officials continued monitoring the cross-border drug enforcement, murder enquiries, missing person enquiries and many other cases. Keen study was conducted in each and every aspect, to curb the rise in crime rates.
It was noticed that, an overall decrease of 12.5 per cent crimes were reported, along with a drop of over 2000 victims of such crimes in Tayside. Other than that, violent crimes like, robbery and racist crimes also showed a substantial drop in this period. Vehicle crimes too showed a fall, which in all means came as a great achievement by the police.
Justine Curran, the force’s Chief Constable, expressed his happiness with this feat by his team and felt really pleased by the way things have turned around for Tayside. The fewer crimes and violence with high quality of local policing has made the place safe to live in.