The Edinburgh Festivals
From 31st July - 31st August get set for a sensational summer, with the very best in music, theatre, opera, dance, comedy and fab family performances.
Edinburgh is the world’s Festival City
Between 31 July and 31 August, experience four unforgettable weeks of the very best in theatre, music, opera, dance, literature, comedy and the visual arts. Since the birth of Edinburgh as the world’s leading festival city in 1947, the city has evolved into a year-round phenomenon that now attracts visitors and performers from over 70 countries. This August you’ll have the chance to visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Mela! So start planning your trip today and prepare to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of Edinburgh in August. For more information and to book tickets, visit edinburghfestivals.co.uk
THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place between 1-25 August in Scotland’s capital city.
Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, cabaret, dance and physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, spoken word, children’s shows, exhibitions and events.
For more information on who you can look forward to seeing this year, visit edfringe.com.
FRINGE FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE FOR QUEEN STREET STATION
Great news for Fringe fans in the west! The Fringe box office will once again return to the heart of Glasgow – at our very own Glasgow Queen Street Station! From 25 July you’ll be able to buy tickets or collect pre-paid tickets from the temporary box office situated under the departure board. This means you can go straight to the show when you arrive. The box office will be open from 0800 - 1900 Monday - Friday and 1000 - 1800 Saturday/Sunday.
For full details log onto edfringe.com.
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Don’t miss Edinburgh transforming into the world’s arts capital this August 8-31 For over 65 years now Edinburgh International Festival has been connecting audiences and artists and this year will be no different. The Festival brings you the utmost exciting programme packed with dance, opera, theatre and music shows that will take you onto a unique, life-transforming journey. Experience the magnitude of Les Troyens opera: a tragic story of love and war, obedience and loyalty brought to Edinburgh by the famous Mariinsky Opera. The dance genius of Pina Bausch speaks through Sweet Mambo, a seductive and funny take on relationships between men and women. The world premiere of the first ever collaboration between the National Theatre of Scotland and the National Theatre of Great Britain, specially commissioned The James Plays trilogy explores the meanders of 15th century Scotland filled with blood, love and blind ambition. Written by acclaimed playwright Rona Munro, the cast includes Sofie Grabol, the unforgettable Sarah Lund from the original Danish TV series The Killing and CATS Best Female Performer winner Blythe Duff. All that and plenty more this year at the Edinburgh International Festival. Explore the programme at eif.co.uk and start preparing your Edinburgh adventure!
THE FIREWORK FINALE - 31 AUGUST
The sparkling finale of the Edinburgh International Festival 31 August The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings Edinburgh’s summer festival season to a spectacular conclusion, celebrating courage, heroism and struggles for freedom through stirring, uplifting music and a breathtaking fireworks display specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision. Alongside the majesty of Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from Die Walküre and Debussy’s rousing March Écossaise, the concert takes in the stormy passions of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and the memorable ‘War March of the Priests’ from Mendelssohn’s Athalie. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, written to celebrate Russia’s deliverance from Napoleon’s invading armies, brings the evening to an electrifying conclusion, accompanied by a glittering display of pyrotechnics from the Edinburgh Castle ramparts.
You can buy tickets for Priority Entry and standard Princes Street Gardens online at eif.co.uk or at The Hub. The Ross Theatre is now sold out.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE?
What’s the best way to get there? ...by train of course! We can speed you straight to the heart of the action from almost anywhere in Scotland and will provide extra carriages throughout the Festival period, as well as running additional late night trains for festival goers who want to make the evening last.
Services to Glasgow Queen Street departing at 0001 and 0030 will run from 4-24 August. From 8-23 August, later services will run on Friday and Saturday nights to Dundee, Garscadden and North Berwick (with a bus connection to Dunbar), and on Friday nights only there will be a later service via Dunfermline to Glenrothes-with-Thornton.
From Monday 4 August to Saturday 9 August, a later train service will run from North Berwick to Edinburgh for the Fringe by the Sea Festival. ScotRail will also provide additional trains and carriages after the Festival Fireworks Concert on Sunday 31 August.
To buy your tickets and for details of trains including additional services, ask at any staffed ScotRail station, call 0330 303 0111 or visit our online journey planner.