Edinburgh celebrates its 70th festival year!

Almost five million people are expected to visit Edinburgh's multiple festivals in 2017, so book early for the best hotels at the best prices.

The world's most famous festival of theatre, music, art, cinema and comedy celebrates its 70th anniversary this summer, and this year's Edinburgh International Festival looks set to be the most exciting ever.

Since impresario Rudolf Bing curated the city's first multi-cultural celebration of the arts in 1947, Edinburgh has become one of the world's greatest festival cities, with events all year round.
But July and August are still peak time, with festivals dedicated to art, cinema, literature, and jazz and blues overlapping with the main event.

The main Edinburgh International Festival honours opera, ballet, classical music, modern and Shakespearean drama...

...but it's not all highbrow - last year's programme was leavened by pop performers like Mogwai and world musician Youssou Ndour.

The best of the Fringe dominates social media. It's big business, but hasn't quite forgotten its amateur roots – you'll find plenty of free shows as well as big-ticket acts.

Festival tips and freebies

*Can't find the perfect hotel at the right price in central Edinburgh? How about staying in Glasgow or Stirling, both around 50 minutes from Edinburgh by train.

*Edinburgh International 2017 programme www.edinburghfestivalcity.com is announced on March 15. Fringe programme is released June 7. See www.freefestival.co.uk for free performances.

* Buy day tickets for 24 hours city-centre bus and tram travel (£4 adult, £2 child) at www.lothianbuses.com or download 'M-tickets' to your phone.

*Climb Calton Hill for a fine free view of the Festival's final night fireworks.


Written by Robin Gauldie

posted Thursday, 23rd March 2017