Edinburgh and the Lothians

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  • 1. Edinburgh Festival Fringe

    Old Town | Festivals

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

  • 2. Edinburgh's Hogmanay

    Old Town | Festivals

    Nowadays, most capital cities put on decent New Year's celebrations, but Edinburgh's three-day-long Hogmanay festivities are on a whole other...Read More

  • 3. Filmhouse

    West End | Film

    Widely considered to be among the best independent cinemas in Britain, the excellent three-screen Filmhouse is the go-to venue for modern, foreign...Read More

  • 4. Beltane Fire Festival

    Calton | Festivals

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

  • 5. Cameo

    Tollcross | Film

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

  • 6. Church Hill Theatre

    Morningside | Theater

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

  • 7. Edinburgh International Book Festival

    New Town | Festivals

    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...Read More

  • 8. Edinburgh International Festival

    Old Town | Festivals

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

  • 9. Edinburgh International Film Festival

    West End | Festivals

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

  • 10. Edinburgh International Science Festival

    Festivals

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

  • 11. Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

    Leith | Festivals

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

  • 12. Edinburgh Playhouse

    East End | Music

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

  • 13. Edinburgh Playhouse

    East End | Theater

    Big-ticket concerts and musicals, along with the occasional ballet and opera production, are staged at the popular Playhouse, with its enormous...Read More

  • 14. Festival Theatre

    Old Town | Dance

    Scottish Ballet and other dance productions (including off–West End musicals) appear here. ...Read More

  • 15. Festival Theatre

    Old Town | Music

    This theater hosts regular concerts, as well as musical theater and Scottish Opera productions. ...Read More

  • 16. King's Theatre

    Tollcross | Theater

    Built in 1906 and adorned with vibrant murals by artist John Byrne, the art nouveau King's Theatre has a great program of contemporary dramatic...Read More

  • 17. The Lyceum

    West End | Dance

    Visiting contemporary dance companies perform at the Lyceum, also known as the Royal Lyceum. ...Read More

  • 18. The Lyceum

    West End | Theater

    Traditional plays and contemporary works, including previews or tours of London West End productions, are presented here. ...Read More

  • 19. The Queen's Hall

    Old Town | Music

    This intimate venue hosts a range of music events, from indie and rock concerts to jazz and classical music recitals. ...Read More

  • 20. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

    Old Town | Festivals

    It may not be art, but The Tattoo (as it's commonly known) is at the very heart of Scottish cultural life. Taking place, like many of the city...Read More

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