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
Held annually since 1994, T in the Park, Scotland’s biggest music festival will be opening its grand show in Balado in Perthshire, starting from 7th to 10th. With 2011 being the festival’s 18th year, the progressive attitude has led it into being a benchmark event, not alone in the history of Scotland’s music, but full of UK, Europe and beyond. This spectacular event will showcase 200 artists performing from across 11 stages for over 3 days. Biggest bands will put their best skills to test, breathtaking acts will be seen and DJs will be present.
International top talents will be the major attraction from Lady Gaga to King’s of Leon, Jay-Z, The Who and Black Eyed Peas among others. TITP stays tuned to the upcoming and the best bands, thereby bringing the best established acts for its big event. It is estimated that almost 85,000 festival fans will crowd the premises of Balado with large camping areas set up to accommodate the party goers during the event. The fifth largest town in Scotland will see the finest action festival on the planet which has grown to be more than 4 times its original size during the years.
Named after the brewing company, its main sponsor, Tennents, the festival, has been originally a two day celebration but gradually changed its time period in 2007 to be a three day gala. The festival is not all about music, you have lots of other entertainments like large funfair, great food from Healthy T, Fancy dress, The T dance and more that are quite different from other music carnivals, just to make your weekend complete.
TITP also warns its customers not to get tickets from fake websites. Get a quick view to TITP’s ticket finder and book the tickets, hurry guys!!
Dunfermline city is in the mood of festival and celebrates the life, myth and legend of King Robert the Bruce in the ancient Capital of Scotland as the BRUCE FESTIVAL returns to Dunfermline between 19th – 29th August 2010. This is the best chance for every visitor to learn about Dunfermline’s rich history from the figures that fought for Scotland’s independence and get closer to the Bruce than ever before.
Along with the historical legend character, listen to one of three acclaimed Scottish musicians at the festival on 19th, 20th and 21st August as Dougie MacLean, Karen Matheson and Dick Gaughan perform an intimate concert inside the beautiful Dunfermline Abbey Nave. Then, you can take for a tour(Son et Lumiere guided tours) with Bruce through the magical grounds of the Abbey as Scotland’s hero brings history to life through drama, sound and light.
The festival brings in special events which will take you back to the time when Robert the Bruce lived. It happens on 28th and 29th in Pittencrieff Park. This time the Kings of Celtic rock, Soar Patrol will provide the soundtrack as medieval camp life is demonstrated with exciting hand to hand fighting from movie stunt performers, Combat International, fresh from the set of Ridley Scott’s latest Robin Hood movie. There will also be battle re-enactments, an international street market, kid’s battles and much more surprises await every visitor.
If you want to watch the musical concerts, need to book well in advance. Concerts will be immediately followed by a guided tour at 8.30pm included in the price of the concert ticket. It is informed that tickets are time specific and cannot be exchanged or transferred to any other scheduled tours. It is recommended that you dress up with sturdy footwear and suitable clothing. The show does not admit late comers until a suitable break and the disabled visitors are very well provided all the help.
Celebrating 21 years of show-stopping, eye popping and jaw dropping science, 2010 Edinburgh International Science Festival will be Europe’s largest public celebration of science and technology with 26 venues across Edinburgh and beyond. Topics ranging from hot issues of today to predictions of tomorrow, you can get down to see a stream of events that will rip the white coat off science revealing the bizarre, the intriguing and the occasionally mind-blowing.
Meet ASIMO – the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, when it visits Scotland for the very first time with its various collections. Scotland’s main science festival will showcase a new spin on ‘the beautiful game’ next month when a kick- about is staged between robots. An all- android football will be one among the main attractions in the Edinburgh science festival which will be hosted in April by the world-leading robotics experts at the university’s School of Informatics.
Experts at the Edinburgh university will give an insight to what it takes to make a robot ‘bend it like Beckham” before letting the Android FC’s finest loose on the pitch. Others will give details about how the latest technology on robots are used to detect human emotions and simple changes in their facial expressions. The event would also take the audience through the process of creating the robots and the progress being made towards having a team of robots stage a proper match against the footballers.
The university’s series of events are expected to sale like hot cakes for the two-week festival with guest speakers including the biologist and author Richard Dawkins and psychiatrist Raj Persaud. Between 3-17 April , more than 200 events will be staged at various venues including the National Museum of Scotland and Our Dynamic Earth, the Royal Botanic Garden, the Jam House music venue, the Scotch Whisky Experience and the Filmhouse cinema.
The other main highlights of the festival include the installation of a huge 3D sound chamber at one of the city’s best-known beauty spots, premiere of a new play inspired by the latest developments in the genetic engineering and a look at the evolution of heavy metal music. It also explores into the deeper insights of human beings – their darker side- to commit horrific acts of mutilation and murder; an examination into the latest forsenic science techniques that can crack crime cases, what are the concepts or ideas that lead a human to indulge in the seven deadly sins, and the best ways to make artificial blood.
To give the youngsters a chance to explore the science behind what happens when they get a cut or bruise , a “blood bar” is also being installed in the festival’s main venue – the City Art Centre.
Many other events like a look at the faulty maths equation that could have triggered the global economic meltdown, a singles night for science buffs, various animation techniques that have been used in the latest computer games and in films like Avatar, and what one can do to try to make a real robot do the same kind of things as well as respond like a human being with a sense of balance, motion and sensitivity.
A stellar collection of the country’s best science presenters, filmmakers, performers and comedians, this festival programme is going to be a great collection that will be on par with the very best science festivals in the world.