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Edinburgh unveils plans for festive celebrations in New Town

Huge ice and snow sculptures of Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Dolly the Sheep, Greyfriars Bobby and the Loch Ness Monster will be brought into the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town for the festive season.
Edinburgh International Festival director Fergus Linehan has overseen the event's 70th birthday celebrations.

Edinburgh International Festival reports record box office takings of £4.3m

The Edinburgh International Festival has reported a year record box office from its 70th anniversary programme.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe celebrated its 70th anniversary this month.

Record ticket sales revealed by Fringe after 70th anniversary

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has reported a rise in ticket sales of almost 10 per cent - as it emerged the event its audience had grown by nearly a million in the space of just 10 years.

More than 250,000 people flocked to Charlotte Square Gardens during this year's book festival.

Edinburgh book festival reveals record audience figures

The organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival have reported the highest ever attendances in the event’s 34-year history.
Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Fireworks Concert: What you need to know

ALL eyes in the Capital will be raised skywards tonight at 9pm as the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert lights up the night sky, bringing the 70th Anniversary International Festival to a spectacular close.

Lesley Riddoch feels Scots are bit part players in the Fringe. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Lesley Riddoch: Scots are Bit players in our own Fringe blockbuster

A TV programme on the Festival raises questions about the roles of Scots on the international stage, writes Lesley Riddoch.

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has backed an independent Scotland to have its own currency. Picture: Lesley Martin/PA Wire

Alex Salmond has backed independent Scotland to have own pound

Alex Salmond has backed Scotland to have its own currency if it becomes an independent country.

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Ian Rankin reveals plans for Inspector Rebus stage play

Ian Rankin reveals plans for Inspector Rebus stage play

Crime author Ian Rankin has revealed that his famous Inspector Rebus character is being adapted for the stage.
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Edinburgh Festivals will get an extra income boost in the next 5 years.

Extra £10 million for the Edinburgh Festivals in next 5 years

The Edinburgh Festivals will receive a £10 million boost over the next five years, the First Minister has confirmed.

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Cliff Hague pictured among the crowds and street performers on the High Street during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Picture: Neil Hanna

Heritage watchdog says festival crowds ‘choking’ Edinburgh

Edinburgh is becoming “dysfunctional” in August due to the vast number of people flooding into the city centre for its festivals, the city’s long-running heritage watchdog has warned.

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Hannah Gadsby and John Robins share Fringe's main comedy honour

The main comedy award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been shared between two acts for the first time in its 37-year-history.


Ashley Storrie: ‘White boys’ overrun Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe is in on the brink of a revolt because it is becoming too exclusive and mainstream, some performers have claimed.


Video: Guru Dudu’s groovy Silent Disco Walking Tour is anything but silent

FOR most, taking in the Edinburgh sights involves a trip on an open-top bus or a stroll through the city’s cobbled streets and airy gardens.

Selina Thompson has been named the best emerging female artist at the Fringe for her Summerhall show Salt.

Creator of slave trade show wins new Fringe award for female artists

The creator of a one-woman Fringe show which retraced the transatlantic slave trade has been named the best emerging female artist at the festival in its 70th anniversary year.
John Bishop, left, and Alex Salmond were overshadowed by Des Clarke in his Donald Trump alter ego PICTURE: ALLAN MILLIGAN

Alex Salmond ‘roasted’ by Trump impersonator at Fringe show

Alex Salmond’s attempts to ridicule Donald Trump in a special edition of his Edinburgh festival fringe show last night saw the former First Minister upstaged by a pitch perfect impersonation of the US president.

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Dance show Yo, Carmen has been one of the big draws at the Edinburgh International Festival this month.

Edinburgh festivals win new £10m public funding deal

Edinburgh’s festivals are set to win a new £10 million funding boost from the Scottish Government and the city council following crunch talks to secure their long-term future.
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Edinburgh Comedy Awards director says it is "unprecedented" for four women to be nominated for the main prize for best show.

Record number of women in running for Fringe's top comedy award

More women than ever before are in contention for the main comedy award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for
Channel Four news anchor Jon Snow opened the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Jon Snow: Broadcasters should have been more 'robust' over Brexit

Broadcasters should have been “far more robust with both the truths and the lies” of the Brexit debate, Channel Four news anchor Jon Snow has told the Edinburgh International Television Festival.
Comedian Steve Coogan as his alter-ego Alan Partridge. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The League of Gentlemen and Alan Partridge set for TV return

Comedy shows The League Of Gentlemen and Alan Partridge are set to return to BBC Two, the channel has announced.

Staff working at Fringe venues across the city are being exploited claim the Fair Fringe campaign

Edinburgh City Council to back ‘Fair Fringe’ pay campaign

City council chiefs are to back a campaign against the “widespread exploitation” of festival workers.

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