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Drastic cuts looming for Edinburgh's Christmas and Hogmanay events

Edinburgh's Christmas and Hogmanay festivals face being dramatically scaled back this year after city council chiefs decided to slash their backing for the events.

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Clarke Peters is best known for his role in the American crime drama series The Wire.

Wire star Clarke Peters wants to bring Nat King Cole show to Fringe

Clarke Peters, the American actor best known for his role his The Wire, wants to bring a one-man show about Nat King Cole to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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A record number of tickets have been snapped for Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations this weekend.

More tickets for Edinburgh's Hogmanay sold than ever before

Tickets for Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations are selling at their quickest rate since the turn of the century as organisers warned revellers they face being turned away if they leave it to the last minute.
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Julia Amour is director of Festivals Edinburgh, the body overseeing 12 of the city's main events.

Edinburgh Festival leaders sound warning bells for the future

Edinburgh will need to build a host of modern new venues, reinvent historic ones and combine cutting-edge technology with culture to remain world-leading in future, according to figureheads of the city’s flagship events.
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The Scottish Government is ploughing an extra �90,000 to provide the curtain-raiser to the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe in 2017. Photograph: Steven Scott Taylor

Let there be lights – and lasers – at Hogmanay tribute to 70th Festival

The 70th birthday celebrations of the Edinburgh Festival are to be heralded at the climax of the capital’s Hogmanay festivities, organisers revealed today.

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People attend the Light Night event in Edinburgh including the opening of 'Street of Light' on George Street, Picture; Jane Barlow

Festive seasons gets off to a sparkling start in the Capital

IT might only be November – but yesterday Christmas well and truly got underway in the Capital.

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Clan members will have a starring role in the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo to give clan members starring role in 2017 production

Clan members from around the world will get the chance of a starring role in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the first time.
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Co-director Forest Fringe director with colleagues Andy Field, Ira Brand and Deborah Pearson. Picture: Contributed

Leading Free Fringe promoters pull plug on programming shows

One of the major promoters of free shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has pulled the plug on programming shows ahead of its 70th anniversary claiming the event has become too “exploitative” and difficult to stage shows at.

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Last year's Hogmanay celebrations. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival wins best cultural event title

WITH thousands of people flocking to the Capital every year for a taste of its Hogmanay celebrations, no one would doubt the popularity of the world-famous festival.

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New MSP Greens Andy Wightman.

Holyrood chiefs aim to stop IndyCamp return

Holyrood authorities are considering taking further steps to prevent illegal camps being set up on parliamentary grounds.

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Young Fathers. Picture: John Devlin

Hogmanay arts fest to celebrate the multicultural face of modern Scotland

THE issue of migration is to take centre stage during Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival – to celebrate culture drawn from all over the world.

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Around 10,000 people flock to the annual Scot:Lands "pop-up festival" on New Year's Day.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival to put 'New Scots' centre stage

The issue of migration is to take centre stage during Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival - to celebrate culture drawn from all over the world.

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The number of students receiving financial aid is down. Picture: Esme Allen

Student debt doubles as grants and bursaries fall

Student bursaries and grants have fallen by almost one third since 2009 and student debt has more than doubled since the SNP came to power, it emerged yesterday

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Picture; Steven Scott Taylor

Edinburgh Military Tattoo donates £1 million to charity

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is to donate £1 million to charities across the world making it the largest donation in the history of the organisation.

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Up to 4000 Hogmanay revellers will be able to use the free tram service

Free trams laid on for Edinburgh's Hogmanay revellers

Free tram rides are to be laid on in Edinburgh for the first time since the controversial service began operating - for the city’s Hogmanay revellers.
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Tom Waits has opposed the use of his song in a show.

Tom Waits objects to song use in Festival show

A LAVISH French “equestrian operatic ballet” due to be staged during the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival could be blocked due to a legal challenge from the American singer-songwriter Tom Waits.

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Paolo Nutini at T in the Park in 2014. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Paolo Nutini adds second Edinburgh Hogmanay show due to demand

HOGMANAY headliner Paolo Nutini is set to play a second night due to ‘overwhelming demand’.

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Calton Hill offers one of the best vantage points for watching the Hogmanay fireworks.

Calton Hill ban on Edinburgh's Hogmanay revellers lifted

Hogmanay revellers will be allowed back onto one of Edinburgh’s best-known landmarks after a controversial ban was over-turned in the wake of a public outcry.

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Torchlight procession leaves George IV Bridge on their way to Calton Hill. Picture; Greg Macvean

Curtain-raiser for Hogmanay goes all-ticket

The curtain-raiser for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations is to be made all-ticket for the first time in order to ease crowd congestion.

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Paolo Nutini will top the bill at Edinburgh's Hogmanay party.

Paolo Nutini to headline Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations

SUPERSTAR Scots singer Paolo Nutini is to headline Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations - a decade after his planned debut at the event ended up a wash-out.

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