City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Crowds Turn Out For Soggy Cavalcade

It wasn't as big as in previous years, but heavy drizzle didn't stop people coming out in numbers for the Edinburgh Festivals Cavalcade, the official start to the festival season. 

It's Pleasant at Pleasance

When the sun's out like it was today, the Pleasance Courtyard is a great place to be. For comedy and cabaret fans there's a wealth of choice in this one spot and a huge beer garden

Free Shows at Edinburgh's Festivals

In all the Edinburgh Festivals that I've been at over the last couple of decades there's always been plenty of free shows. I'm not just talking about the street entertainers and musicians that are out in numbers on the Royal Mile and outside the National Galleries, but full shows indoors.

Assembly's Taste of What's To Come

The Fringe is often called a juggernaut of a festival featuring (I quote the Fringe office) "31,000 performances of 2,050 shows in 250 venues." Juggernauts take time to get going. Which is probably why Assembly is off already.

A to Z of Venues on Fringe Minus Four

The Fringe doesn't officially start until Sunday, but already the city is in the grip of Festival fever. The High Street is milling with street performers and actors peddling their shows and venues at both ends of the festival programme are today having their press previews.

Jazz On An Edinburgh Summer's Day

Everyone's moaning about what a miserable Summer we've had here so far. At least, today the Jazz On A Summer's Day event lived up to its billing. Well, almost.

Mardi Grassmarket

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Fest was striking a more mainstream note today at "Mardi Gras," the free jazz event down in the Grassmarket.

And so it begins...

The streets are filling with more people, the Fringe banners going up, and gangs of men can be seen throughout the city hauling scaffolding and equipment off big trucks. Even the seagulls, whose cries form part of the soundtrack of this city, seem more numerous, no doubt drawn by the wealth of easy tourist pickings.

Artists United For Festival of Art

Whatever happened to the infighting that the art world is famous for and that, perversely, piques media interest in the public debate about art? Today, it seemed nothing, but a torpor in a turpertine cup as the Edinburgh Art Festival was launched at the Stills Gallery on Cockburn Street

An Old Friend's Advice On Picking Fringe Lists

The Fringe is just around the corner. Officially, the Fringe runs from 5-27 August, but the preview shows start pretty much as soon as August arrives.