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Fringe Programme Launched, Web Site Goes Down

Fringe site down

The Festival Fringe Society launched its brochure for Fringe 2011 with customary hype this morning. This year's Fringe is "bigger than ever before". There is a staggering 2,542 "events" over the month of August. 

Demolition of Art Deco Odeon Cinema Gets Thumbs Down

Odeon Clerk St

Plans to demolish the auditorium of the former Odeon Cinema on Clerk Street and build an "arts hotel" were given the thumbs down by Edinburgh city councillors yesterday.

Fringe Brochure Hits the Street Tomorrow

Festival Fringe poster (cropped)

The Edinburgh International Film Festival starts a week tomorrow. The EIFF moved from August to June for more "breathing space", but this month's Edinburgh events calendar is still brimming with "festivals" of one kind or another.

It's Official! Nature Worth More Than We Thought!

Leave it to the wonks at DEFRA to come up with an answer to one of life's imponderables: what is the true value of nature? The short answer, outlined in a new report entitled the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, is that "nature is worth billions of pounds to the UK economy."

Come to Edinburgh. See the Museum of London

Museum of London

As the promoters of the Great Edinburgh Run say, a 5k or 10k jog through the capital is a great way to see the Old and New Towns in all their glory in a fun, energetic fashion. "Make a weekend of it in Scotland's historic capital city," says the web site.

New Filmmakers and Composers Invited to Philip Glass Masterclass


Here's an opportunity for emerging filmmakers and composers: the Edinburgh International Festival is running a workshop where filmmakers create short pieces of film with music score, culminating in a masterclass with the minimalist composer Philip Glass. The short projects are supposed to be inspired by the Qatsi Trilogy of films (Koyaanisqaatsi, Naqoyqatsi, Powaqqatsi), which are being screened with live performances by Philip Glass and his ensemble in Edinburgh. 

Edinburgh's Best Beaches

Fun Boards at Gullane

Bathing season may have arrived late this year, but with hotter weeks expected, now is the time to consider what beaches to head for.

Festival Insider Club Pulls IN Younger Audience

National Ballet of China

The Edinburgh International Festival is back with its IN membership programme for the second year. The initiative, which launched at the now closed Roxy Art House last year, is aimed at getting more under forty-year-old bums on seats at Festival shows.

Gales and Volcanic Ash Cause Travel Disruption

Edinburgh Airport is warning passengers to check ahead with their airline to see if their flight has been affected by ash from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland tomorrow.

Following Mediation More Tram Works Planned For Summer

Tram on Princes Street

Edinburgh Trams made its first public statement since the SNP majority win at the Scottish Parliamentry Election last week buried the possibility of getting extra government cash for completing the beleaguered project.

Nationalist Tide Surges Across Edinburgh and Scotland

Alex Salmond - Scotland's First Minister

The Scottish National Party has taken all but one of Edinburgh's seats, in the same way that the natonalists appear to have swept across the whole of Scotland.

Guardian "Winding Down" and "Retiring" Edinburgh Local

For the last year, the Guardian has been running a hyper-local news site covering a range of issues in particular the nitty gritty of Edinburgh municipal affairs. Edinburgh was one of three cities targeted by the news behemoth - the other two being Leeds and Cardiff - for these experiments in localised content.

It's Not Just About Edinburgh's Trams

The second part of the Edinburgh Tram's video about work on the Gogar depot was recently released. Actually it seems less about work being carried out at Gogar and more about the future of trams in the UK in general.

Work Goes on at Trams Depot

TIE, still bogged down in its dispute with its contractor, have tried to strike an upbeat tone about the Edinburgh Trams project in a newly released video illustrating progress on the depot at Gogar.

Tilda Swinton Parting EIFF Was "Misreported" Says Film Fest Director

Swinton and Cousins

Edinburgh Film Festival director James Mullighan has rebutted recent media reports suggesting Mark Cousins, Linda Myles, and Tilda Swinton have "parted company" with the film festival and that the festival is running months behind schedule

Hot Tickets at the Edinburgh International Festival

Re-Triptych Shen Wei Dance Arts

Tickets go on sale this morning (Saturday 2nd April) for the Edinburgh International Festival. EIF director Jonathan Mills has waxed that this year's Far Eastern themed (or "Far Western" as Mills has suggested) festival will be "highly embroidered, exquisite, gorgeous".

"It will intoxicate people with its ravishing beauty," says Mills.

With that in mind, we're asking what are the "must see" shows at this year's festival?

Residents Voice Concerns About Trams Causing More Pollution

Air quality monitor

Edinburgh residents say their concerns about air pollution, caused by re-routing city centre trams traffic, is falling on deaf ears after a Council committee hearing yesterday.

Edinburgh Airport Bomb Alert (Update)

Edinburgh Airport is now "back to normal" following a bomb alert earlier this morning.

Government Money To Clean Up Bus Emissions

Buses on Princes Street

The Scottish Government announced funding of £243,000 for retrofitting older Edinburgh buses with emission reducing filters today.

Trams Mediation Gets Underway

Edinburgh Tram interior

It's crunch time for Edinburgh trams. The official mediation process between Edinburgh Trams, the City of Edinburgh Council and the construction consortium contracted to build the infrastructure element of the tram project, is underway this week.