Edinburgh and the Lothians Performing Arts

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Beltane Fire Festival

Held every year on April 30th, this flame-filled Calton Hill extravaganza is inspired by an Iron Age Celtic festival, which was held...


Cameo has one large and two small auditoriums, both of which are extremely comfortable, showing a good mix of mainstream and art-house...

Church Hill Theatre

The intimate, 335-seat Church Hill Theatre, managed by the city council, hosts high-quality productions by local amateur dramatic societies.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

During the world's largest arts festival in August, most of the city center becomes one huge performance area, with fire eaters, sword...

Edinburgh International Book Festival

This two-week-long event held every August pulls together a heady mix of authors from around the world, from Nobel laureates to best-selling...

Edinburgh International Festival

Running throughout August, this flagship traditional arts festival attracts international performers and audiences to a celebration of...

Edinburgh International Film Festival

One of Europe's foremost film festivals, promoting the best of global independent cinema since 1947, this event takes place from mid-June...

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Held around Easter each year, the Edinburgh International Science Festival is one of Europe's largest, and aims to make science accessible,...

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Held over a week in late July, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival attracts world-renowned musicians playing everything from blues-rock...

Edinburgh Playhouse

This venue leans toward popular artists, comedy acts, and musicals. ...


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