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First World War centenary event to open Edinburgh International Festival

The centenary of the end of the First World War is to be commemorated in a spectacular opening curtain-raiser for the Edinburgh International Festival.
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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.
Entertainment

Festival of Light club night coming to Edinburgh

INDOOR fireworks, UV ball pool pits and mesmerising giant lanterns will feature as part of an “experience like no other” coming the Capital.

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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.

Entertainment

Video: Edinburgh fireworks at Hogmanay 2018

Spectacular choreographed pyrotechnics ushered in the new year at Edinburgh’s 25th annual Hogmanay celebration.

Entertainment
People ceilidh dance on the Royal Mile during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty

Edinburgh prepares to be rocked by ceilidhs, a rave and host of stars

An array of Hogmanay events will tempt residents and visitors across the capital today as 2017 draws to a close.

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Record numbers of armed police for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Record numbers of armed police for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Record numbers of armed police will be on the streets and extra anti-terror barriers deployed amid the tightest ever security operation mounted at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations.

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Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay will unveil his budget plans next week.

Open letter warns of 'severe impact' on economy if arts cuts are imposed

More than 120 arts, heritage and business organisations have joined forces to warn the Scottish Government of the “severe impacts” if its culture budget is cut next week.
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Biker Santas. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh Cheer: Biking santas help raise charity funds

SANTAS of all shapes and sizes could be spotted in the Capital after the man in red swapped his sleigh for a Harley Davidson as part of a festive fundraising effort.

Festivals
Hogmanay celebrations have changed in the city since the Tron Kirk was the place to be

Colin Montgomery: Yearning for the gift of Christmas past

I’m just going outside and may be some time. Actually, on second thoughts I’m staying here by the pub hearth and may be some time, as winter has arrived in Edinburgh. That opening salvo was of course the last utterance of ill-fated Antarctic explorer, Lawrence Oates (he of the disastrous Captain Scott expedition). Not that the onset of December has us all chewing the legs off ponies at Gorgie Farm; things aren’t that bad quite yet. But it does signal a distinct change in tone around the city.

Opinion

Canadian artist accused of ripping off Edinburgh Fringe images

An artist who received thousands of pounds in public funding has been accused of lifting images from an Edinburgh Fringe brochure and passing them off as his own.

Festivals
High security barriers installed on Edinburgh's Royal Mile to prevent terrorists from ramming vehicles into pedestrians.

Edinburgh Festival: Royal Mile ‘soft target’ for terror before barriers

Edinburgh Festival Fringe chiefs have admitted the event was a “soft target” for terrorists before vast barriers to thwart an attack were introduced this summer.

Politics
PJ Harvey performs on stage.

Exploring the ‘hidden’ side of the Edinburgh International Festival

Entertainment
Skye electronica Niteworks have been commissioned to come up with a nine-minute sequence to be matched to pyrotechnics at Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Skye band to create score for choreographed Edinburgh Hogmanay fireworks

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay fireworks will be choreographed to a specially commissioned score for the first time – created by an electronica band from the Isle of Skye.

Entertainment
Nothing says Christmas like a Die Hard advent calendar

When festive means sweaty Bruce Willis

Advent calendars have all sorts of lovely things tucked away behind those little doors now. There are calendars with nail polish and calendars with gin (now there’s a disaster waiting to happen).

Opinion
Fergus Linehan has been at the helm of the Edinburgh International Festival since the 2015 event.

Fergus Linehan to remain Edinburgh International Festival director until 2022

THE figurehead of the Edinburgh International Festival is to stay in the role for an extra three years, organisers have revealed.
Entertainment
Leith Theatre rebirth and Ross Pavilion vision in running for Creative Edinburgh Awards

Leith Theatre rebirth and Ross Pavilion vision in running for Creative Edinburgh Awards

The reopening of the neglected Leith Theatre building after 30 years is to compete with multi-million pound plans to replace the Ross Bandstand at Edinburgh’s annual creative industries Oscars.

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Alasdair Graham, of architects Chipperfield, and Sir Ewan Brown, chair of the Impact Trust, at the site of the new concert hall.

£45m Edinburgh concert hall to open up access to huge chunk of New Town

Edinburgh’s new £45 million concert hall will open up access to a huge swathe of little-known New Town squares, lanes, terraces and gardens, its backers have revealed.

Entertainment

Bonfire Night carnage: Youths bring night of terror to community

SHOCKED residents woke to scenes of devastation yesterday morning as Bonfire Night descended into an orgy of violence across parts of the city.

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Edinburgh Zoo is offering a free child ticket to every family that turns up with a carved pumpkin from Friday 27 to Monday 30 October. Picture: contributed

Edinburgh Zoo to offer free tickets to pumpkin carvers

FAMILIES who create creepy carved pumpkins this Hallowe’en will be given free child tickets to Edinburgh Zoo.

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