City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Second Chance To Nab Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Tickets

The second allocation of tickets for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert will be released on 18th July at 10am, online, over the phone and in person at The Hub.

Council Offers Cash Incentive To Free Up Under-occupied Homes

Edinburgh City Council is offering up to £1,000 worth of help to tenants in a pilot scheme to tackle the issue of people living in homes that are too big for them.

Film of the Week: The Tree of Life

Tree of Life - Brad Pitt

A pretentious pile of tedious guff? A bold and brilliant masterwork? A two-hour long shampoo commercial with Classic FM’s greatest hits as the soundtrack? Or perhaps just a very expensive way for the director to declare: "2001: A Space Odyssey is my favourite film."

Shortlist For Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition Unveiled

An all-female shortlist for the fourth annual Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition has been announced. Five poems are now in contention for the competition, which offers one of the biggest poetry prizes in the UK, with a top prize of £5,000.

Water of Leith Walkway Upgraded

Water of Leith path

Anyone walking or cycling along the Water of Leith Walkway should notice some big differences following a series of upgrades to the path. The popular green corridor which snakes the 13 miles of the river from the Pentland Hills to the port at Leith, sees an estimated 120,000 people tramping and riding along it each year.

Video: Corstorphine Hill Tower

You could easily lose yourself for a day on Corstorphine Hill - but one of the main destinations is the tower erected to author Sir Walter Scott at the top of

Dreamboats and Petticoats, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Dreamboats and Petticoats publicity shot

This touring production of Dreamcoats and Petticoats at Edinburgh's Playhouse rolls back the years - 50 years to be exact - to the pre-Beatles era.

National Museum of Scotland Looks To Inspire Young Scots

National Museum of Scotland drive to inspire young Scots through new partnership with RBS.

Edinburgh Trams Turn A Corner

Edinburgh Tram on Princes Street

The end of the road is still some way off, but after several hours of debate late into the evening on Thursday, at 11.15pm the Edinburgh Trams turned a corner. The Liberal Democrat dominated Edinburgh City Council voted to continue building the Edinburgh tramline into Edinburgh City Centre.

Edinburgh Film Festival Down But Not Out

Ceilidh at EIFF 2011

There were some memorable moments, but the Edinburgh Film Festival 2011 was generally a lacklustre, disappointing affair, that looked like it was cobbled together at the last minute.

Midnight Tango, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review


Strictly Sensational showcases the nifty footwork of dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in this production of Midnight Tango.

Edinburgh Trams - Day of Decision?

Tram Works Shandwick Place

With the crucial Council meeting tomorrow (Thursday 30th June) on Edinburgh's Trams the members of the Council are still in the utterly ridiculous situation where they are being denied the facts on which to make a decision concerning what is probably the most complex engineering project in the United Kingdom at this time. Unless they sign a confidentiality agreement they are barred from seeing the figures behind the recommendations - and these figures are so distorted that they have provoked an outcry right across the city.

EIFF 2011 Blog w/ The Divide director Xavier Gens

The Divide

The other stand-out piece for me at this year’s festival was the grim post-apocalyptic movie by French director Xavier Gens, The Divide.

Unbound Returns To Edinburgh International Book Festival

Christopher Brookmyre and Billy Franks perform at EIBF Unbound

Late literary nights are set to last a little bit longer this August with the return of Unbound to the Edinburgh International Book Festival. After its debut last year, the festival within a festival will run between 14 and 29 August, featuring music and spoken word and bringing together the best local and international talent for fifteen live literature nights in the Spiegeltent in Charlotte Square Gardens.

Jamie Oliver and The Stand Moving Into Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms - front

Edinburgh's historic Assembly Rooms venue on George Street has two well-known tenants for next year, including the Fringe, f

Book Festival Box Office Strains To Meet Demand On First Day

EIBF in Charlotte Square Gardens

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is reporting an unprecedented demand for tickets with over 300,000 hits on the on-line booking system and 25,000 telephone calls to the Box Office within the first hour of opening – twice as many as in 2010. 230 people were queuing outside the specially created Box Office at the EICC this morning when the doors opened, the first of whom arrived at 3.00am.

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2011: Documentary

Bobby Fischer Against The World

For all its flaws, the Edinburgh Film Festival, which ends tomorrow, has presented a fine selection of documentaries from around the globe, possibly fostered by new connections with Sheffield’s much acclaimed documentary festival. They’ve ranged from inspired and thought-provoking all the way down to practically unwatchable.

Scotsman Steps Restored in Marble

Scotsman Steps corner

The Scotsman Steps have been fully restored in marble along with a new piece of public art by Martin Creed.

Film of the Week: Hell and Back Again

Hell and Back Again still

When Sergeant Nathan Harris enlisted in the US Marines aged 18 he was asked ‘why do you want to join the army son?’ He replied ‘because I want to kill people sir’. The man signing him up said ‘that’s the best answer we’ve ever had’.

Three Edinburgh Trams Options, One Square.

St. Andrew Square Gardens

With Edinburgh City Council's crunch vote on the future of the trams due on Thursday 30th June we should at least agree on the name of the destination. Of the three options, the one recommended by the authors of the Edinburgh Tram Project report, is to build the tram into the City Centre.