City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Samhuinn Fire Festival

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The Beltane Fire Society - best known for the Beltane Fire Festival on Calton Hill - bring their unique brand of neo-pagan street theatre, pulsating drums, acrobatics, and fire dancing to Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile on Hallowe'en night. Samhuinn, which literally means "the end of Summer", has taken place for over two decades now.

An Arrangement of Shoes, Counting House, Review

An Arrangement of Shoes production photo

With sunshine striking the pavement outside The Counting House, one might wonder what might draw one inside, but ‘An Arrangement of Shoes’ proves an excellent diversion from the busy traffic of the Fr

Edinburgh's Hogmanay: Torchlight Procession

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Torchlight Procession

As in previous years, the 2017 Torchlight Procession opens the annual Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations with around 8,000 torchbearers creating a "river of fire" down the Royal Mile. The previous year saw around 30,000 people come out for the event.

World Fringe Day: Fringe Thanks Edinburgh With Thousands of Freebies

Today is the inaugural World Fringe Day, a 24-hour celebration of the global fringe movement that was spawned when a group of upstart thespians launched a festival

Edinburgh Jazz Festival Mardi Gras

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The free Mardi Gras, part of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, launches Edinburgh's Festival season with the sounds of New Orleans and trad styled jazz in the street.

Edinburgh Festival Carnival

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A free, family music and dance event, the Edinburgh Festival Carnival takes place on the opening weekend of the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival<

Bloom: Edinburgh International Festival Opening Event

Standard Life Opening Event - Bloom

The Standard Life Opening Event marks the start of the 70th Edinburgh International Festival with an epic, light and sound show, projected on city buildings.

St Andrew's Day Ceilidh

Two ceilidh dances, celebrating St Andrew's Day, with serial ceilidh dance organiser and caller Ken Gourlay, HLI ceilidh band and piper.

Hidden Door Festival

Hidden Door, a not-for-profit arts organisation run entirely by volunteers, specialises in discovering disused spaces in Edinburgh and radically transforming them into temporary, but imaginative venue

The Joy of Spines, National Library of Scotland, Review

The Joy of Spines - Image from production.

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