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Free shows at Edinburgh's Festivals

As in previous years, the 2019 Torchlight Procession opens the annual Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations with around 8,000 torchbearers creating a "river of fire" down the Royal Mile. Last year saw around around 40,000 people come out for the event, to watch and take part.

The Festival of Politics is a populist, accessible festival set in the Scottish parliament at Holyrood. The festival pulls together talks, debates, film screenings, music, food, and exhibitions.

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

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

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

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.

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

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Lack of money should be no obstacle to partaking of the cultural feeding frenzy in Edinburgh in August. Each year there is an array of events and free shows on the Fringe or at other Edinburgh Festivals.

Launched in August 2007, the Forest Fringe has established itself as a shining example of what the Edinburgh Fringe in August should be about. In fact, the Forest Fringe is so fringe organisers are not even concerned with listing it in the Edinburgh Fringe Society's brochure.