August 2017 - 30 great festival photos

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Edinburgh's August Festivals may be over for another year, but summer 2017 has left us with so many wonderful memories... and lots and lots of photos!

Here's a small selection of our favourite pics from the last month, some taken by the Festivals, some that we took ourselves and some captured by our guests, here in the world's leading festival city.

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A Platform for Scottish-based artists

Platform: 2017 showcased four artists' practices, selected from a competitive open call from Edinburgh Art Festival which was accessible to artists working across Scotland.

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Delight after an astonishing performance

The wonderful entrance to the Edinburgh Playhouse was buzzing with an enthusiastic crowd after an unforgettable performance of Yo, Carmen at the Edinburgh International Festival.

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Sell-out performances and generosity

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been a complete sell-out for 19 consecutive years, generating over £10 million in box office receipts. Not to blow their own trumpet though (see what we did there?) the Tattoo is proud to be a not-for-profit organisation and in recent years has gifted millions in surplus funds to charities.

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Outriders unveil their creations

The Edinburgh International Book Festival won a coveted Herald Angel award for Outriders - a project which saw five young, talented Scottish writers sent on five extraordinary journeys across the Americas accompanied by local writers.

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The big pink Fringe bus

A very distinctive open-topped bus was driving around the capital’s streets this August! To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Festival Fringe and of the fringe movement, Lothian Buses put this bright new tour bus on the road to help visitors explore some of our beautiful city's most iconic spots. Not to be outdone, the International Festival also had a bus in their yellow livery - and that one even had a roof!

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70 Blooming years of the International Festival 

The Edinburgh International Festival celebrated its 70th anniversary in style with the epic Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom, which enchanted audiences with projections, music and lights across two evenings in the heart of Edinburgh.

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Sunshine on the New Town       

When the sun came out, Charlotte Square Gardens was a favourite spot for visitors to soak up the rays and the unique atmosphere of the Book Festival.

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Making the ordinary extraordinary

Brazilian artist, Jac Leirner's Art Festival exhibition, on display at the Fruitmarket Gallery during August and beyond, used everyday materials to create beautiful and unexpected sculptures.

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Fringe vibes

The Mound plaza, at the foot of the man-made hill connecting Edinburgh’s Old and New Town, sits between the beautiful grassy areas of East and West Princes Street Gardens and is usually a peaceful spot for a quick sandwich. During August though, it becomes a vibrant and colourful space for Festival Fringe artists to perform and for audiences to grab daily half-price tickets!

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Splash of Tartan

In 2017 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo embraced a colourful theme, Splash of Tartan. Alongside the always-popular Massed Pipes and Drums, the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland told the story of the Jacobites through the breath-taking piece Ambush in the Glen, and representatives of 57 Scottish clans took part across the run of the show.

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New work by Scotland's Makar

Jackie Kay, Scotland's Makar, premiered her new poem, commissioned specially to mark the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s time in Edinburgh, to a sold-out Book Festival audience. And it looks like she enjoyed it too!

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Back once again with the retro tune master

DJ Tom Loud's Hot Dub Time Machine set has been rocking Fringe crowds for years now, taking audiences on a musical journey back to the start of rock 'n' roll before moving forward through the decades, top tune after top tune. This year thousands of fans crammed into the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston, near Edinburgh, for two nights of hands-in-the-air fun.

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An urban sanctuary      

Bobby Niven's Palm House in Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden was part of Edinburgh Aert Festival's, The Making of the Future: Now, inspired by social reformer Patrick Geddes. Visitors to the garden enjoyed the amazing serenity of this oasis of calm, which was situated close to the bustling Royal Mile, but felt like another world.

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Dazzling contemporary music

Mercury Prize-winner Benjamin Clementine sizzled at the Festival Theatre with a night of stirring and passionate vocals and piano which left his International Festival audience breathless.

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A unique experience

There is simply no show on earth quite like The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Since 1950, more than 14 million visitors have enjoyed the Tattoo from the purpose built stands on the Castle Esplanade, with over 220,000 visitors attending each year. This great shot from the 2017 Tattoo was taken by Ida Eriksson of Swedish blog, Adaras.

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All the world's a stage

Every August the Royal Mile, arguably Edinburgh’s most iconic street, becomes a stage for the thousands of artists and street performers from all over the world who come to entertain the Edinburgh Festival Fringe crowds.

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An International Perspective  

One of the overseas artists in this year's Edinburgh Art Festival commissions programme, Shannon Te Ao shot footage for this multimedia work, With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods, in his home country of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Children's authors prove a hit

Young readers enjoyed a packed Baillie Gifford Children's Programme throughout the Book Festival, including this appearance by Radio 1 DJ Greg James and newsreader Chris Smith. And on the final day of the Festival, 3000 schoolchildren were welcomed to an emptied-of-adults Charlotte Square Gardens to enjoy the the Baillie Gifford Schools Gala Day.

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Performers from every corner of the globe

Around 1200 people take part in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo each year and, since 1950, performers have travelled to Edinburgh from 48 countries across six continents, including these dancers from India. Bonus fact - in all that time, not a single performance of the Tattoo has ever been cancelled!

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The finest dance acts

The exquisite Netherlands Dans Theater, regarded as one of the finest dance companies in the world, left audiences in sheer admiration with their gripping and enchanting trio of works at the International Festival.

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Inflatable art on a large scale

Walker and Bromwich's Dragon of Profit and Private Ownership, a commission by Edinburgh Art Festivallay in situ (well, mostly) at Trinity Apse, just off the Royal Mile. The current Apse dates back to Victorian times, but the building uses much of stonework from its original 1460 location, near the site of what is now Waverley train station.

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An incredible spectacle

Live music, stunning light projections on the Castle, precision parades and dramatic dances have made The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo the amazing and world-famous phenomenon it is toay. These colourful Highland dancers were captured beautifully by blogger, Hanne Marit Tobiassen.

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Memorable music at the International Festival

The cast of Die Walküre expressed their gratitude to a rapturous audience after a memorable Edinburgh International Festival performance at the Usher Hall.

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Paul Auster at 70

Paul Auster appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for the first time this summer, celebrating his 70th birthday in the same year as Edinburgh marked 70 years of the Festival City. The great American novelist also took part in a collaborative event between the Book Festivall and the International Festival.

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Caught in the act

We were out for a lunchtime stroll on the Royal Mile one sunny afternoon and decided to take some photos of Fringe street performers and their audiences - but as we snapped this musical chap, he turned, noticed the camera and briefly made us into part of the show!

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Bagpipes, helmets and fun facts

The first of the Tattoo's famous Lone Pipers, Pipe Major George Stoddart, played in every performance for the first 11 years. He was succeeded by his son, Major Gavin Stoddart, who was Director of Army Bagpipe Music for 12 years. Safe to say that they probably weren't wearing space helmets like these dapper chaps!

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Extraordinary circus acts

This summer the Circus Hub was back on the Meadows, celebrating spectacular circus at the Festival Fringe. Two dazzling tents - Lafayette and Beauty - hosted some of the most extraordinary and up-and-coming circus acts of the moment. This atmospheric shot of crowds entering the Circus Hub was caught by Ida Eriksson of Swedish blog, Adaras.


Cymballism at the Art Festival

Thought Collider's installation, Rhythm of Life, was one of many Partner Exhibitions which populated galleries and spaces across the city during this year's Art Festival.

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Record numbers flock to the Book Festival             

This year boasted the largest audience in the 34-year history of the Book Festival with 250,000 visitors to Charlotte Square Gardens, a 4% increase on 2016. The Festival's bookshops saw success too, with a 5% increase in book sales to over 63,000! 

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A truly spectacular festival finalé

Around a quarter of a million people gathered across the city and beyond to experience the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, the spectacular finalé of the Edinburgh International Festival. Over 400,000 fireworks launched from Edinburgh’s iconic castle make this one of the biggest fireworks concerts in the world. 

We hope you've enjoyed this look through some of our favourite photos from August 2017, and we'd love to see yours too! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #FestivalCity!

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