The Edinburgh International Festival is one of the most established arts festivals in the world, and brings world-class performances and works of art to this northern city. For 3 weeks in the month of August every year, you can see music from groups as diverse as the Artemis Quartet or the Ladysmith Black Mambazo, or classical musicians such as Nicola Benedetti or Ute Lemper. In dance, companies such as Dutch National Ballet or Ballet Rambert. There are theatre groups from all over the world, often performing in their own languages.

More or less at the same time, the celebrated Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes place, so there is even more choice. As well as traditional genres such as theatre and dance, the Fringe features comedy, modern circus acts, and performances which do not belong in any single category. The Fringe is dynamic and exciting, advertising itself as “the world’s largest arts festival”. There are performances large and small in every theatre or hall in the city, some acts even appear in restaurants or buses! It’s no exaggeration to say that the Fringe is everywhere in Edinburgh.

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In terms of “high” culture, Edinburgh Festival Theatre hosts visiting ballet and theatre companies, while the King’s Theatre has more popular drama – and a traditional Christmas pantomime!

The Usher Hall has regular classical concerts, and world-famous speakers, such as Al Gore, as well as more popular acts, such as Psychic Sally (yes, really!) or Chris Rea. Playhouse Theatre shows include large-scale, spectacular musicals, like The Lion King.

Both the Lyceum and Traverse Theatres have regular seasons of drama productions, often with reduced prices for previews.

For a relaxing night at the cinema, there are so many to choose from. As well as the multi-screen cinemas, Edinburgh has a few with history and character. The Dominion Cinema in Morningside was built in 1938, and still offers the luxury of cinema in its glory days. The Cameo at Tollcross also has great character, and is even older, dating from 1914.

For more information, try Edinburgh Theatres Guide.

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