City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News

Trains Added For Festival Fireworks

At the strike of 9pm tonight, over 400,000 fireworks will light up the sky over Edinburgh Castle in the Summer fests' last big splurge: the 45 minute  

Dark Vanilla Jungle Review

Gemma Whelan as Andrea

In the aptly named Beneath studio theatre downstairs at Pleasance Courtyard, a few rows of seats are placed on three sides of the bare stage.

EIF 2013: Quatuor Ebene Review


An utterly pack-out Queen’s Hall (again, as before, with some of the audience forced unnecessarily to be chair-less and hanging distractingly over the balcony) was excited to hear this final

EIF 2013: American Lulu Review

American Lulu

Some of the pieces in this year’s Edinburgh International Festival create a mirror-like effect, with each other.

EIF 2013: Flercussion Review

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50 years ago, Yehudi Menuhin founded the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music.

EIF 2013: Zuckerman Chamber Players Review


At 11am on Wednesday 28 August 2013, the morning after his performance of Bruch Violin no.

EIF 2013: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Review


On a Saturday night the Russian Orthodox Church might well be singing the All-Night Vigil in preparation for their Sunday worship.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Julie Davidson, "David Livingstone's Better Half", Review

Julie Davidson at Mary Livingstone's grave, Mozambique

“Mary Livingstone was not only neglected by her husband David but airbrushed out of history.”

EIF 2013: First Love Review

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First Love, an hour-long soliloquy performed by a single character, was engagingly received by a sell-out audience at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre.

EIF 2013: City Noir (Royal Scottish National Orchestra) Review


After rustling with anticipation, an excitedly packed-out Usher Hall suddenly exploded with elation to welcome, with the warmest possible pride, Scotland’s very own Royal Scottish National Or

EIF 2013: Arditti Quartet Review


The Arditti Quartet – led by Irvene Arditti who formed the quartet at the Royal Academy of Music in 1974 – presented a brilliantly intriguing programme designed not to inspire the heart

EIF 2013: Dido and Aeneus & Duke Bluebeard's Castle Review 2


Oper Frankfurt’s fantastical offering – supported by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Edinburgh and The Binks Trust - was a double bill, each opera depicting

The Lady Vanishes Review

The cast of The Lady Vanishes

Big Spirit Theatre has devised a show based on the story of Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 political spy thriller.

EIF 2013: Brahms Requiem Review


“Requiem” is a rather misleading title for this massive orchestral and choral work: “Sacred Concert”, the title of the premiere of the first six movements is more accurate.

Pet Shop Boys to Headline Edinburgh's 2013/2014 Hogmanay

Pet Shop Boys

The Pet Shop Boys will headline this year's Concert in the Gardens at the 2013/2014 Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Maggie O'Farrell, "Hot Summer; Red Hot Writer", Review

Maggie O'Farrell

On the first wet evening in several weeks, a thunderstorm cracked the skies just as Maggie O’Farrell began to read from her new novel. The title?

Edinburgh Book Festival: Andrew Wilson "Plath Before Hughes", Review

Mad Girl's Love Song by Andrew Wilson

It is now fifty years since the tragic death of Sylvia Plath who committed suicide aged just 30.

EIF 2013: Eh Joe Review

Eh Joe - Michael Gambon

We have to be very brave to talk of death, or more truthfully, of what precedes death.

EIF 2013: The Rite of Spring Review

Rite of Spring dancers

The Rite of Spring, when first performed in 1913, stirred emotions to such an extent that members of the audience attacked each other, and then the orchestra, hurling anything available in their di

Edinburgh Book Festival: Blueprint Debate; Scottish Democracy - How Can We Put Scottish Voters in Control? Review

This event, the final in a series at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (and almost the final one of the Festival itself), was also the liveliest, although perhaps not for the right reasons.

Edinburgh Book Festival: "Independence or Union? The Real Choices Review

A great deal of ink and opinion has thus far characterised the debate on the 2014 referendum. One book, at least, has appeared to outline the facts in the case.