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First Minister in prime time celebration for Muriel Spark

Nicola Sturgeon is to read from the work of Muriel Spark at a special 100th anniversary celebration of the Edinburgh-born author’s life and legacy.

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The life and legacy of Muriel Spark will be celebrated at the Usher Hall in her home city of Edinburgh.

Nicola Sturgeon to appear at Muriel Spark centenary celebration

Nicola Sturgeon is to read from the work of Muriel Spark at a special 100th anniversary celebration of the Edinburgh-born author’s life and legacy.
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The former Donaldson's School for the Deaf building, which is being turned into upmarket homes

Former Haymarket deaf school building to become £2.5 million upmarket homes

The most upmarket homes being created in one of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks will have a price tag of £2.5 million, developers have revealed.

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Karen Gillan will be patron of an expanded programme for young people at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year.

Karen Gillan to be Edinburgh film festival's figurehead for young people

Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has agreed to be the figurehead of a dedicated string of events for young people at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this summer.
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Artistic director Donald Shaw is at the helm of the 25th Celtic Connections, which launches on Thursday.

Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund to be opened up to Celtic Connections

Glasgow’s long-running winter music festival will be able to access an Edinburgh Festival funding pot for the first time.
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House of Frasers has been snapped up following a bidding war.

Property developers buy iconic House of Fraser Princes Street store

Property developers behind one of the biggest projects in modern times in Edinburgh have swooped to snap up one of the city’s department stores.

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Visitors at the Edinburgh Festive Fringe. Picture: Jon Savage.

Nearly one in three Edinburgh Fringe workers are not paid

Nearly one in three workers at Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues are not being paid, new research has found.

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Valvona & Crolla has closed down its Vin Caffe opposite the Harvey Nichols department store on St Andrew Andrew Square. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Italian city restaurant shuts down after business slump

One of Scotland’s best known food and drink businesses has closed down its Edinburgh city centre restaurant - after business slumped 50 per cent in the space of a year.

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The Caledonian Hotel has been sold to an overseas investor in a multi-million pound deal

Edinburgh’s Caledonian Hotel set for expansion after £85m sale

One of Edinburgh’s most famous hotels is to undergo a major expansion after being snapped up by new overseas owners.

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VisitScotland director Paul Bush is one of Scotland's leading festivals and events experts.

Scottish festival organisers told they may have to rely on crowdfunding in future

Festival and event organisers may have to rely on crowd-funding campaigns and donations from philanthropists to keep running in the face of the public spending squeeze, one of Scotland’s leading industry experts has warned.

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The worlds oldest model, 89-year-old Daphne Selfe, and Kelly Knox, who has forged a modelling career despite being born with half an arm missing, will be taking part in the Fashion Forum: Design For Diversity summit at Edinburghs National Museum of Scotland. Picture: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock

Scotland to hold summit for ‘healthier culture’ in fashion industry

The world’s oldest working supermodel and a model born with half an arm missing are to take centre stage in a major summit in Scotland aimed at ensuring the fashion industry is more diverse.

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Washington Post’s review of Edinburgh rounds on ‘fools on council’

Washington Post’s review of Edinburgh rounds on ‘fools on council’

It was best known for lifting the lid on the Watergate affair which triggered the resignation of US President Richard Nixon.

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The value of games dropped last year. Picture: Ian Rutherford.

Six Nations value to Edinburgh drops as spending reined in

Rugby fans are cutting short their Six Nations visits to Edinburgh because they cannot afford the traditional long weekend in the city, tourism experts have admitted.

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Welsh fans Les Griffiths and Peter Price with Biddy Mulligans Bar staff member Antonia Chaytor in the Grassmarket ahead of the Scotland-Wales Six Nations match at Murrayfield. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Cost cuts short rugby fan visits to Edinburgh for Six Nations

Rugby fans are cutting short their Six Nations visits to Edinburgh because they cannot afford the traditional long weekend in the city, tourism experts have admitted.

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Sleepers bed down for the night during the Sleep in the Park in West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, last month

Multiple ‘Sleep in the Park’ events planned for Scotland to end homelessness

A string of “Sleep in the Park” events could be staged on the same night across Scotland in the wake of the success of the first event raising more than £4 million.

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The Star Flier is one of the major attractions of Edinburgh's Christmas festival. Picture: Toby Williams

Ticket sales at Edinburgh’s Christmas festival more than double in five years

Ticket sales for Edinburgh’s main winter festival have more than doubled in the space of five years, according to new figures.

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St Andrew Square and The Mound precinct are to be turned into chill out spaces for a new spring event

‘Chill out places’ to be created in Edinburgh city centre

Two of Edinburgh’s main public spaces are to be turned into peaceful “chill out” spaces to herald the arrival of spring – following criticism they have been exploited for commercial uses and festival shows.

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Tourism tax needs to be decided writes Brian Ferguson

Brian Ferguson: Tourism tax debate needs to be put to bed

While other parts of Scotland have long since given up on trying to stage major events in the run-up to Hogmanay, the pinnacle of Edinburgh’s winter festivals programme still has undoubted drawing power.

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Grit Orchestra - at Celtic Connections

A look ahead at the must-see art and culture events of 2018

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Torchlight revellers fire up Edinburgh’s ‘braw’ Hogmanay

A DRAMATIC new curtain raiser for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations lit up the Royal Mile and saw a fiery new symbol of Scotland unveiled in Holyrood Park.

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