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Jarvis Cocker on bringing Room 29 to the Edinburgh Festival

The Pulp frontman on bringing Hollywood to Edinburgh, his first guitar, and why he never called it Britpop

Hogmanay celebrations on Princes Street. Picture; Ian Georgeson

Plans revealed for major shake-up of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party is to be turned into a six-hour street carnival after new organisers called in one of the key figures involved in the spectacular ceremonies at the London Olympics.

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Jeremy Corbyn. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Jeremy Corbyn and Alex Salmond to appear at Edinburgh Festival

They may not be the most likely theatre performers – but two of the country’s most talked about politicians have proven a hot ticket at this year’s Fringe.

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Jazz and Blues Festival Carnival Parade from the Mound along Princes Street. Pic Greg Macvean.

Thousands join in the party for Edinburgh’s Festival Carnival

THRONGS of sun-soaked spectators lined a busy Princes Street to take-in the sights and sounds of Edinburgh’s sixth Carnival Festival.

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Edinburgh Festival Carnival makes its way along Princes Street. Picture: Scott Taylor

Thousands set to watch Edinburgh Festival Carnival

THOUSANDS of spectators will join to create a carnival atmosphere in the city centre on Sunday as hundreds of performers gather to kick start the festival season.

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Brigadier David Allfrey, below, has called for an overhaul of how organisers of events like the Tattoo, above, are being charged. Photograph: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh Tattoo chief’s fury over soaring cost for police

The man in charge of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has accused police leaders of setting up a charging regime for maintaining law and order at major events which amounts to “legalised racketeering”.

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The Edinburgh roots of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holme's also merit a walking tour. PIC:TSPL.

Best tours for book lovers at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh has inspired writers for centuries with a clutch of walking tours allowing us to trace the footsteps of our literary heroes. Here we look at six tours to satisfy the book lovers amongst us this August.

Tron Kirk market.

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Tron market to carry on trading during Festival

THE indoor market at the Tron Kirk can carry on trading through the Festival after council chiefs agreed a two-month extension of the lease.

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The stars of the show, from left, Conor McLeod, Ellen Shand, Steve Small, Jacqueline Kelly, Hazel Irvine. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Hibs play becomes first Fringe sell-out show of the year

A PLAY charting the history of Hibernian Football Club is thought to be the first show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe to sell out, more than a month before its first performance.

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Owner of Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe Tanya Salitura pictured with two of her dogs Hepburn, left, four months, and Ama, four-and-a-half. Pic:  Greg Macvean

Edinburgh gets Chihuahua Cafe

It may sound barking mad but city dog lovers will soon be able to have their cake and eat it, accompanied by a Chihuahua of their choice at Edinburgh’s next animal cafe.

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Mr Salmond will appear at this year's Fringe. Picture: PA

Alex Salmond accused of egomania after announcing Fringe show

Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond will star in his own show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Saved Castlebrae high school partners with Edinburgh International Festival

It was saved from closure at the eleventh hour less than four years ago.

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Glasgow Unity Theatre' s production of Gorki's The Lower Depths was revived in 1947 and taken (uninvited) to the first Edinburgh International Festival in 1947. PIC: Scottish Theatre Archive, University of Glasgow Library Special Collections.

The “uninvited eight” who started the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

They’re calling it Spirit of ‘47. It’s a series of talks co-curated by the British Council as part of this year’s 70th anniversary Edinburgh International Festival (EIF). The one on 16 August has an intriguing premise. It’s called “Contesting the Spirit of Unity: Whose Festival? Whose Culture?” and rather than focus on the productions that were invited to the inaugural EIF, it’s looking at those that weren’t.

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Detail from a page of the Celtic Psalter which dates to the 11th Century. PIC: Edinburgh University Library.

Scotland’s oldest book on display at Edinburgh Book Festival

It is almost 1,000 years old and illustrated in vivid reds, green, purple and gold.

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Billy Connolly joins The Offshore Theatre Company production of The Great Northern Welly Boot Show at the Waverley Market during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1972. Picture: Denis Straughan/TSPL

The stars who made it big at the Edinburgh Fringe

‘I saw them long before they became famous’ is a common Fringe-goer’s boast. But, as Fiona Shepherd discovers, there’s a good reason for that

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Festival Fringe staff party on Edinburghs Salisbury Crags as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations. Picture: Tom Duffin

Thousands of free days out to the Edinburgh Fringe given away

Thousands of free “days out” to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are to be given away as part of a global celebration of the event’s 1947 origins.

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The King's Theatre in Leven Street. Picture: Rob McDougall/TSPL

A bright future for Edinburgh’s grand old King’s Theatre

The old lady of Leven Street is set for a facelift as a £25m project aims to install new lifts, a flatter stage and a glass-walled rooftop function room, writes Joyce McMillan

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Le Patin Libre from Canada promote their ice show on rollor skates on the Royal Mile; their show Vertival Influences at Murrayfield Ice Rink part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. credit steven scott taylor / J P License

The ‘open’ Fringe is a leap of faith in arts

If there’s one thing that’s clear, from the huge flowering of fringe festivals in cities across the world, it’s that “fringe” is a word of many meanings, even when we only apply it to the arts and performance. When the term was first coined in 1948 to describe the eight companies who had decided to present their own shows during the first-ever Edinburgh International Festival the previous year, it referred to geography as much as anything else; most of the recognised city-centre venues were occupied by the Festival, and the eight companies appeared around the “fringes”.

Street performers on the Royal Mile have become a familiar part of the Fringe festival. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

World Fringe Day: 3,398 shows across the Edinburgh festival

How did the Fringe become become so gigantic? Susan Mansfield charts the inexorable rise of the world’s biggest arts festival

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