2017's Edinburgh Festivals - what we know so far

All through 2017, Edinburgh's Festivals will be celebrating our 70th anniversary as the world's leading festival city - so here's a roundup of what we know so far, and key dates to look out for.

(Last updated: 17 March 2017)

Edinburgh International Science Festival
1-16 April 2017

The Science Festival programme launched on 16 February, with the theme Get Connected, continuing the Festival's winning combination of fun, accessible science alongside serious and groundbreaking work. 

The world’s first and Europe’s biggest science festival invites audiences to Get Connected as it explores what it means to live in the Information Age. Offering a rich and entertaining programme for children, teenagers and adults alike, Edinburgh International Science Festival puts science at the heart of global issues and proves its role in building a sustainable future for our connected world.

Here's more information on the Science Festival programme, and you can hear from Artistic Director Dr Simon Gage as part of our series of festival director videos.

EICF Imaginate logo 250x250Edinburgh International Children's Festival
27 May - 4 June 2017

Formerly known as the Imaginate Festival, the Children's Festival's 2017 programme will launch in March and we're very much looking forward to finding out this year's mix of productions for young people, from very small children to young adults.

The lineup is drawn from a range of countries, with 2016's companies arriving from as far afield as Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Scotland and Spain.

Tickets for all events will be available from 23 March and more information should be available in the next few weeks.

nullEdinburgh International Film Festival
21 June - 2 July 2017

One of the three festivals celebrating their 70th anniversary this year, the Film Festival is currently in the process of putting their programme together, with more details likely to appear in May as usual.

In recent years, the festival has thrilled audiences with special screenings of beloved movies, such as E.T. and Back to the Future, accompanied live by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. 2017 is no different, with classic action-adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark featuring as this year's chosen film.

Look out for advance news over the coming months, and help the Festival build their history with their memories project.

Jazz 250Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
14-23 July 2017

Details are currently scarce for Edinburgh's summer showcase of jazz and blues music in all their many forms, but no matter which bands and artists appear, it's sure to be another magnificent programme.

Expect smooth crooners, rocking funk, aching blues, toe-tapping jazz, heart-pounding club nights and more when details appear in May.

And, of course, there'll be one or two huge outdoor events like last year's Edinburgh Festival Carnival and Mardi Gras to bring the crowds into the city centre for a feast of music and colour.

nullEdinburgh Art Festival
27 July - 27 August 2017

Edinburgh Art Festival's next programme of exhibitions, commissions and events, in a broad range of venues large and small, is eagerly anticipated.

The Festival currently has an open call for submissions for artists who wish to take part, with two programme areas for submitted work.

Artists, curators and organisations who don't have a year round exhibition programme can apply to hold a pop-up exhibition or event, while artists who are at the beginning of their careers can apply to become one of 3-5 Platform: 2017 exhibitors.

nullRoyal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
4-26 August 2017

Tickets for Edinburgh's annual military spectacular went on sale in December and proved immediately popular as always, with bookings coming in from across the world.

In 2017, the Tattoo has the theme Splash of Tartan, and organisers hope to attract members of Scottish clans from all corners of the globe to their celebration of Scotland's history and heritage.

Audiences are encouraged to wear their own tartan too, as they enjoy over 1200 performers on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade.

EIF logo 250Edinburgh International Festival
4-28 August 2017

The first of Edinburgh's many festivals, the International Festival is another of those celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2017 and fans can expect another superb selection of world-class arts and culture.

The 2017 Festival programme was announced on 15 March and, following a priority booking period for Friends and Patrons, full public sales open on 25 March.

Those who witnessed the likes of 2015's Harmonium Project and last year's Deep Time (part of a record breaking year for the Festival), will be especially eager to learn more about Bloom, the special opening event planned for 4 August. And the Festival will end with the traditional spectacular display in the skies and on the ground, in the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert.

nullEdinburgh Festival Fringe
4-28 August 2017

The first tickets for this year's 70th anniversary Edinburgh Festival Fringe are now on sale, allowing those who like to plan early the chance to... well... plan early!

More shows will be added over the coming months, with the key dates to look out for as follows: 23 March20 April11 May25 May and finally 7 June when the full Fringe programme will be launched. 

Last year's Fringe saw just under 2.5 million tickets issued, and in a very special year, another massively successful August looks very likely. 

Book fest logo 250Edinburgh International Book Festival
12-28 August 2017

2016's Book Festival was hailed as the most successful ever and expectations are high for another fantastic fortnight this August.

The programme for 2017 will be announced on 8 June, and we can't wait to find out which world class authors, poets, playwrights and thinkers will be in the lineup.

And if you just can't wait until then, there's loads to enjoy from last year, in the form of videos, podcasts, photos and more.


Scottish International Storytelling Festival
21-31 October 2017

Information on the 2017 Storytelling Festival is understandably limited this early in the year, but it's safe to assume that audiences will enjoy another wonderful selection of tales in this perfect antidote to the darker, colder nights of late autumn. 

Across twelve days of storytelling for young and old, skilled professional tellers will enthral and inspire, with tales drawn from Scottish tradition and a range of international cultures and histories.

Tickets are expected to go on sale in September, and we'll bring you more news as we get it.

nullEdinburgh’s Hogmanay
30 December 2017 - 1 January 2018

And finally, there's the new year party event to top them all, Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

Like the Storytelling Festival, it's much too early for there to be any real detail on what to expect here - however, if you simply can't wait for New Year 2017/18, Hogmanay has a countdown clock to 2018 on their website already - at the time of typing there are just 320 days, 10 hours, 32 minutes and 16 seconds to go... 15, 14, 13... 

Has all of that got you in the mood to join us in Edinburgh this year? Then head to our planning pages, and find out how to make it happen!

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