City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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EIF 2013: Don Quichotte du Trocadéro Review

Don and guitars

What should you do if two men walk on stage, then, for no apparent reason whatsoever, one of them suddenly opens his enormous mouth and wails like an insane banshee at the audience?

Riding of the Marches To Mark 500th Anniversary of Flodden

Riding of the Marches "Edinburgh Lass"

The 500th anniversary of the Scottish defeat at the battle of Flodden will be marked this Sunday in the annual Edinburgh Riding of the Marches.

The Events Review

Rudi Dharmalingam in The Events

As I came out of Traverse 1 after The Events, a woman behind me asked her friend, “What do you think?” “Disjointed and frustrating”.

Dark Matter Review

Emma Anderson in Dark Matter

 All in the garden seems rosy. A girl emerges from the borders, arms spread wide, “I’m a girl, a legend of a girl, with blue eyes and blond hair” she says with childlike glee.

EIF 2013: Mahler Ninth Symphony Review

This sole Festival appearance by one of the world’s great orchestras, playing a massive symphony by a great composer, was something of a disappointment, though loudly applauded by a packed audience.

Edinburgh International Festival Box Office Drops 14%

Chinese Coriolanus

The Edinburgh International Festival comes to an end tonight with up to a quarter of a million people expected to watch the annual

Borges and I Review

Borges An I - production photograph (T Savage)

This is a story, told through books. How we read and experience books, how they shape the chapters of our lives and how those collected words and letters are at once public and personal.

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.