Edinburgh Festivals: Extraordinary Experiences
When you walk around the city during the Edinburgh Festivals, you’re immediately struck by one thing: a spirit of pure joy. It’s seems that around every corner, and in all the venues, people are in the midst of feasting on the huge range of cultural delicacies on offer - with a joyful look on their faces. Not all the events are light and humorous, indeed Edinburgh is famed for its hard hitting festival shows, but even in the midst of heated debate and deep reflection there appears to be a feeling of sheer enjoyment. Edinburgh at festival time is a mix of extraordinary experiences where everyone, locals and visitors alike, are part of the city's unfolding drama. So let's take a look at some of the recent extraordinary experiences that people still talk about.
GOING GLOBAL »
Edinburgh is often the place where well established artists in their own countries come to break through internationally
A POLITICAL SALON »
In an era of great political upheaval, the Festivals aim to create space for debate and discussion
A UNIQUE CLUB NIGHT»
When you're looking for a night club at festival time, you never know who might be the MC.
SEE IT HERE FIRST »
Ever since it started in 1947, our Film Festival has been committed to premiering great work from around the world
WHERE TALENT GETS ITS BIG BREAK »
You need to keep your eyes wide open in Edinburgh at festival time because the next big star could be just around the corner
A DAZZLING COMMISSION »
The city is transformed at festival time, not only with pop-up venues and cafes/bars but also new public artworks
PARTY ON THE STREETS »
See in the New Year at the world’s best street party as Edinburgh invites the world to share the love and embrace friends – old and new.
EPIC THEATRE FOR AN EPIC YEAR »
Recognising that art is a mirror to hold up to society, the Festivals seek opportunities to programme and present work of great relevance
LITERARY HEROINES UNITE »
Visit Edinburgh's Festivals and you can come face to face with the personalities behind the pages
A BOLLYWOOD SPECTACULAR »
With its dramatic skyline and iconic Castle setting, Edinburgh provides the perfect for spectacular outdoor experiences.
FROM CANNES TO CRAIGMILLAR »
The quality of the festivals and their productions often attract international artists to appear in children's theatre.
A SCULPTURE LIKE NO OTHER »
Ever wanted to see a 3 story sculpture created from 10,000 balloons? It happened at the Edinburgh Festivals
THE DAY THE LONE PIPER CHANGED »
Hear the spine-tingling solo refrain of the pipes high on a castle parapet at Edinburgh's Festivals
WATCH TIME FLY »
Every year during festivals time, Edinburgh plays host to outdoor work that animates this UNESCO World Heritage city
STORYTELLING BREAKS BORDERS »
Great stories well told can evoke indelible images in the mind of the listener - as happened with the remarkable show 'Iran vs Israel'.
STREET ARTS ON THE ROYAL MILE »
With such a huge range to choose from, Edinburgh's Festivals are your chance to create your very own unique lineup
A HIDDEN STREET ART COMMISSION »
Discover how Edinburgh's Festivals have helped transform the city - sometimes for a few weeks, sometimes permanently
RUB SHOULDERS WITH THE STARS »
Red carpet events abound at Edinburgh's Festivals - who knows which screen icon you'll see next?
WHEN NEW ORLEANS CAME TO TOWN »
The centenary of the first jazz recording was widely celebrated in 2017 – not least by the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
PLUNGE INTO THE NEW YEAR »
Edinburgh's Festivals don't just celebrate new year for a single night - around here it's 3 whole days, including a 'bracing' swim!
A RIGHT ROYAL NIGHT »
Every year the Festivals entertain some special guests as the great and the good flock to Edinburgh for the unique atmosphere
AN ELEMENTARY CONVERSATION »
The prestigious Edinburgh Medal is awarded to those in science & technology who have made significant contribution to humanity
Inspire young minds »
Thrill and entertain the kids at Edinburgh's Festivals, with unforgettable characters and magical lands
Discover new musical fusions »
At Edinburgh's Festivals, you'll hear jazz meet hip-hop, blues encounter electronica, and funk mix with jungle
Lose yourself in Celtic craic »
Traditional Scottish and international culture is right here waiting for you at Edinburgh's Festivals
Glimpse dancers in full flight »
Gasp in delight as Edinburgh's Festivals deliver mind-blowing choreographic marvels