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Edinburgh is internationally recognized as an artistic and cultural ‘hotspot’ for world-class entertainment and performing arts, celebrated in vain through the city’s high-octane repertoire of festivals programmed throughout the year. The city has festival programme has developed astronomically over the past few decades around the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe,
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both established in 1947 to revive the European performing arts scene after the Second World War.

Visitors to the Scottish Capital have a dynamic festival programme to choose from throughout the calendar year, ranging from the exuberant Children’s Festival kick-starting Edinburgh’s summer festival season through to the Edinburgh Science Festival every spring. Coinciding with the Easter vacation annually, The Edinburgh Science Festival has an overwhelming array of events and workshops dedicated to the world of science, featuring something new and innovative each year. Discover the science and intricacies of brain surgery or go behind the scenes at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens to learn about the diversity and fragility of our planet. The world of aviation is major attraction over the duration of the Edinburgh Science Festival, allowing festivalgoers to explore the science and technology behind supersonic flight at the Scottish Museum of Flight in East Lothian.

In the performing arts arena, the ultimate showcase of the year is the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, scheduled simultaneously with its more formal counterpart dedicated to classical and high arts performances. As Edinburgh’s longest established festival, The Edinburgh International Festival is a significant contributor to the city’s revenue, generated from visitors and sponsorship from leading arts organisations, and provides a global platform for showcasing the crème of world talent in the world of opera, classical music, classical theatre and ballet, courtesy of some of the world’s most prestigious production companies as well as local talent such as the magnificent Festival Chorus who have been wooing festival audiences for more than 40 years.

The prestigious International Festival has been an inspirational factor in the development of the Fringe Festival and subsequently, The Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Jazz Festival and International Book Festival which are collectively and generically known as the ‘Edinburgh Festival’, held from late July through to early September. Rivalling the international festival, The Edinburgh Fringe has grew astronomically over the years, having surpassed its more prestigious counterpart in terms of size, ticket-sales and diversity. Now the world’s largest arts festival, The Fringe showcases a multitude of talents from the world of comedy, music, amateur dramatics as well as the annual Perrier Awards that has launched the careers of many household names including Irish comics Dylan Moran, Ed Byrne, Jason Byrne and equally attracts leading names and stars from both the UK and International comedy circuit. The fringe programme is so vast and dynamic and the problem with many festivalgoers is where to start.

Complimenting the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe, The Edinburgh Tattoo is a must-see performance during your festival itinerary and certainly merits its status as one of the world’s most spectacular showcases, entertaining an audience of over 200,000 beneath the glowing backdrop of Edinburgh Castle at nightfall. Be awe-struck with Scotland’s infantries performing an exhilarating repertoire of tunes that reflect on Scotland’s victorious and sometimes chequered past and be inspired with the stirring sounds of the bagpipes and drums from the marching pipe bands as well as a colourful showcase of music and dance performed to perfection. The Military Tattoo culminates with an incendiary note and incandescence, through a sensational fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle, illuminating the crisp night sky of Edinburgh, a compelling display for anyone visiting Edinburgh during the International Festival.

Staged annually in August, The International Festival is undoubtedly the busiest time in Edinburgh’s civic calendar resulting in a shortfall in accommodation in Edinburgh and the Lothians. To experience Edinburgh’s cultural feast over the course of its eclectic summer festival season, The Charing Cross Guest House in the heart of Glasgow provides the perfect solution for your accommodation requirements, giving you the flexibility of taking full advantage of the Edinburgh Festival and marvel at the rich plethora of cultural delights that Glasgow has to offer during your vacation.

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