With Edinburgh festival 2011 sashaying into the spotlight, there are many celebrations designated in this year’s festival brochure. With a unique explosion of creativity being, this year’s festival offers an opportunity for everybody to look forward to this event with a lot of enthusiasm and surprises! Displaying a variety of entertainment, new talents and also established names, those of whom who are on a trip to Scotland are sure love the country’s festivals and programmes. With a collection of independent festivals taking place in the same city at the same time, this largest cultural event in the world is everybody’s favourite. Here’s a look at some of the top festivals and entertainments in the country…
- Edinburgh Art Festival will be conducted at various venues and will be held from August 4th to September 4th, 2011. Featuring big game group shows with plenty of space for British and Scottish emerging talents to showcase their skills.
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 5th to 29th August, 2011, portraying an array of cultural performances including dance, comedy, and circus. Burlesque has also being added to the most awaited cabaret which is a definitive category of entertainment. The festival will be conducted at various venues across the city.
- Edinburgh International Book Festival, a festival of big ideas will be conducted from August 13th to 29th, 2011 that will unveil a selection of international authors, Scottish novelists, top non-fiction scribes, children’s writers and a series of interesting innovations.
- Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a festival of martial music, entertainment, ceremony and theatre which will take place from August 5th to 27th, 2001. With a series of military drum performances performed by International and Commonwealth military bands; one will be able to learn about Scotland’s tradition.
- With the festival on the go, the Edinburgh’s watering holes will be overflowing with drinks offering a special treats in10 of the best cocktail bars namely Bon Vivant, The Raconteur, Bramble, Under the Stairs, Dragonfly, Reverie, The WestRoom, Bond No9, Underdogs and Bar Missoni.
- Apart from just enjoying, each day of the week can be looked at different aspects and one among them is the best literary haunts in Edinburgh. These prominent places is known to have inspired writers like JK Rowling and Ian Rankin and are Edinburgh Books, Inky Fingers @ Forest Cafe, Literary Salon at The Wash, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Analogue Books, Elvis Shakespeare, Scottish Poetry Library, Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Oxford Bar and Spoon Cafe Bistro.
Also check what surprises are left from Editors pick of guardian.co.uk
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!