City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Fringe ends. What now?

The tents have come down. The big, bold Fringe venue numbers that spring up throughout the city in August have been removed as buildings revert to their former selves - churches, schools, university buildings, bars...

To Green Or Not To Green Television?

The Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, which was taking place at the EICC, ended yesterday. One of the impressions that has stuck with me was of a liberal-minded panel of executives trying to placate a belligerent producer in the name of objectivity in television reporting.

Brendon Burns Wins IF Comedy Award

So Aussie comedian Brendon Burns has won the top Fringe comedy award with his outrageous show "So I Suppose This Is Offensive Now." It's one of the comedy shows that I managed to see

Joy Division Film Wins Michael Powell Award

Control, the biopic about Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, who committed suicide at the age of 23, has won the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature. Control seems a deserving winner from the buffs who I've talked to here at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Paxman Calls For Leadership in Broadcasting

The British people are losing trust in television and television is losing its way. That was Jeremy Paxman's message to broadcasting chiefs in the MacTaggart lecture last night, the keynote speech for the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival at the McEwan Hall.

Faintheart - the MySpace "User led" Movie

Walking up Lothian Road yesterday morning, there was an unusually large crowd of people milling around in Festival Square.

TV Fest Too Pricey? Try Free Television Un-Festival

The MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival starts tomorrow. The two-day festival, which is really a large industry event for the broadcasters and those working in television, aims to debate and discuss the main issues of the day as well as a being a forum for the all-important business of networking.

Current TV Distribution For Shorts Makers

Al Gore's television channel Current TV is in Edinburgh during the film festival and is holding a couple of open events tomorrow. The channel, which is looking to acquire short films for its station, is holding a panel discussion on self-distribution, entitled Take Your Short and Shove It.

1 Minute Wonder Competition

Last night was the party to announce the winner of the "1 Minute Wonder Film Competition." Tickets and beer were free, which always makes for a popular event.

See Four "Best of EIFF" Films for £15

The Edinburgh International Film Festival announced the Best of the Fest line-up for Sunday 26th August. Tickets are £5 each or £15 for 4.

Garbage Warrior Is An Inspiration

I'm just just back from the videotheque at the EIFF delegate centre, and I have to recommend a documentary - Garbage Warrior.

Digital Smoke and Mirrors at EIFF

One of the side events for EIFF delegates was an introduction to Special Visual Effects for Low Budget Filmmakers. The presentation was primarily a promotional event for courses that filmmakers can take at the London Film Academy, but it was quite an eye-opener.

Iain Banks at Edinburgh Book Festival

I caught local author Iain Banks, on Tuesday (14) at the Edinburgh Book Festival. I've never seen Banks, now 53 years old, in the flesh and I kind of expected him to be like the character in The Bridge

Edinburgh Book Festival Going Swimmingly

The Edinburgh Book Festival 2007 (11-27 August) is now well into its stride, although some staff have had to resort to welly boots at times to cope with the deluge of rain. I'm sure George Monbiot (appearing on the 26th) will have something to say about the weather.

EIFF 2007 Opening & Pocket Shorts

The press were out in force at Cineworld Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Film Festival opener Hallam Foe last night. There were a total of five screenings of Hallam Foe.

Hallam Foe Opens Edinburgh Film Festival

The Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off tonight with the screening of Hallam Foe. You couldn't ask for a more fitting curtain-raiser for the fest

Ricky Gervais Shares A Joke (For Free)

You can't miss this advertisement at the West End of Princes Street for Ricky Gervais's single show at Edinburgh Castle. Perhaps the star of tv comedy series The Office, who is reputed to earn up to £20,000 a day for turning up to work, is getting into the spirit of the free comedy fest?

On Danse Is Pure Joy at EIF 2007

It's easy to forget the Edinburgh International Festival - the original "Edinburgh Festival" - in the hurly burly of the Fringe. The EIF kind of merges into the landscape, as literally thousands of Fringe performers turn the city into a giant theatrical playground.

Here's Looking At You Old Fish Eyes

The Scottish artist John Bellany, a former Edinburgh College of Art student, many years ago, was at an opening of his work at the Open Eye Gallery today.

Festival Flow Leads To Burns

Pleasance Courtyard

The magnetic pull of the festival always brings old Edinburgh friends together. Yesterday, an out-of-town, musician friend of mine came visiting from Galloway, and although there's piles of shows to see, sometimes you just want to chew the fat.