Final weekend for August 2015 festivals

August somehow manages to simultaneously feel like the shortest and the longest, and as it's (already) the closing weekend here’s a plan on how to spend your remaining time at this year's August festivals!


Saturday 29 August

Bollywood comes to Edinburgh in the form of the Edinburgh Mela. The multi-cultural event celebrates the diverse communities that make up Edinburgh and showcases artists from such cultures at home and internationally. The twenty-first Mela will take place at Leith Links and include fantastic live music and dance performances, a market filled with exotic fabrics and clothing and a Global Food Village so you can try some tropical flavours of the East.

In case you missed it, Saturday night is also the closing night of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This year’s Tattoo is themed East meets West and brings a new level of sound, dance and colour to the traditional castle based performance. The world’s finest military bands and drill squads will perform alongside a special appearance from the Mela’s Bollywood Love Story cast. Not to be missed.

Sunday 30 August

Forget a sleepy Sunday, the party isn’t over yet so return to the Mela for day two of the weekend long extravaganza. There’ll be new acts, huge crowds and even more colour and celebration at this celebration of world cultures.

The day doesn’t end with the Mela either, it’s the closing day of Edinburgh Art Festival too, so be sure to head to one of their city-wide venues to take in some of the incredible work on show. Most exhibitions and installations are free too, so at the end of the month it's a good way to enjoy yourself without needing to spend!

Monday 31 August

The final day of August sees the closing of three more of Edinburgh's festivals, so if you (somehow) haven't had a chance to catch a few Festival Fringe shows yet, now's the time! 

Then, come the evening, it's time for the grand finalé with the amazing Virgin Money Fireworks Concert from the Edinburgh International Festival - the skies will light up during the 45 minute show, with the crashes and bangs choreographed beautifully to the live performance of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Princes Street below.

And once the city has slipped back into darkness the evening, and indeed the summer festivals, can finally be rounded off with one last knees up at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with the finale of Jura Unbound 2015. This informal spoken word event involves live music and a drink or two from the bar. Expect the unexpected and have a laughter filled end to August!

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