Edinburgh has earned a worldwide reputation as a city of culture through the popular Fringe Festival it is host to in August every year. Each time the festival comes around the Scottish capital erupts in celebration showcasing its artistic prowess through a plethora of various performances via every medium of art imaginable. Yet, the nickname, ‘The City of Festivals’, was not bestowed upon Edinburgh solely due to this one event. Rather, every year Edinburgh finds itself overrun with a multitude of various different festivals celebrating every manner of things from its ever improving food scene to the International Film Festival that brings stars from across the globe to celebrate cinema’s emerging talent. It is this commitment to culture that has earned Edinburgh the reputation it has today. With such an immense selection it is difficult to choose one over the other, however after much contemplation we have managed to condense a must-see list of five Edinburgh festivals.
Edinburgh International Science Festival
The Edinburgh International Science Festival was founded in 1989 as ‘the worlds first public celebration of science and technology’ and has since developed into one of the world’s largest. Each year it showcases innovative shows, talks and exhibitions that aim to inspire Edinburgh’s and indeed the world’s budding scientists. What the Science Festival is better at that any other is its ability to educate and entertain at equal measure. So often at educational events for those who are not learned in the given subject, interest is lost pretty quickly; however the Science Festival is sure to have you riveted from beginning to end with fascinating information communicated in entertaining ways.
Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
One of life's biggest journeys is the transition from a childhood into adulthood. The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival pertinently captures this tempestuous passage through a miscellany different shows that explore different stages of childhood. From adaptations to never before seen productions, this festival will open children’s eyes to the life before them and nostalgically remind their parents of their formative years.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
First established in 1947 the EIFF is the world’s longest running cinematic festival and continues to bring the latest talent in film every year. It emphasises newcomers just appearing on the scene in order to kickstart their careers on the world stage and to bring something new to the film industry. From the latest big productions to the smaller independent films the Edinburgh International Film Festival always has something for everyone to enjoy. With works from Gene Kelly, Jennifer Lawrence, Tilda Swinton, Ewan McGregor and many many more you will be in good company.
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
The Jazz and Blues Festival was founded in Edinburgh in 1978 and annually gifts the Scottish capital with a week of wonderful music that livens up the city in July. It invites both the international names on the jazz and blues scene to play their various works as well as helping the genre’s newcomers to learn from the best in the business. With over 170 concerts in more than 20 different venues taking place in just over a week Edinburgh becomes a jazz and blues haven. Even if this music is not to your taste do not be dissuaded for people of all music interests come just to appreciate the mastery of the performances.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
The Book Festival has become one of the most popular festivals that take place in Edinburgh…and for good reason. Every year the festival attracts some of the biggest names in literature who come to discuss their works or take part in the various discussions exploring society’s most pressing issues. It is a chance for writers and readers alike to exchange thoughts and ideas about the themes addressed in the novels they read while simultaneously discovering new material to delve into. With an immense selection of amazing novels old and new it is easy to get pleasantly lost in the written world.