A wide variety of festivals is available to visitors throughout the year.
Edinburgh International Festival
The Edinburgh Festival which begins on the second Sunday in August and lasts for three weeks has taken place every year since 1947. It was the brainchild of the Englishman Rudolf Bing who first sought the support of the authorities in Oxford and Cambridge, but they showed little interest, so he chose Edinburgh. The events include drama, opera, music and art exhibitions.This is the world's largest arts festival, and includes the participation of dozens of internationally-acclaimed performers.
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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has become an important sideshow for the main event. Unknown theater groups, amateurs and new talent present anything from avant-garde drama, impromptu street theater and cabaret to rock, pop and classical music.The Fringe Festival begins on the second Sunday of August and runs for three weeks.
International Jazz Festival
Running in tandem with the main Edinburgh Festival is the International Jazz Festival.The festival lasts one week in early August and takes place in various venues. Events include a grand parade, concerts, dances and late night performances.The Jazz Festival usually begins on the first Sunday in August.
Edinburgh (Glasgow - French Film Festival)
This annual ten-day festival takes place in two theaters in separate cities - the Edinburgh Filmhouse and the Glasgow Film Theater.Contrary to its name, the French Film Festival runs screenings of British premieres and special tributes.The events take place in late October.
Edinburgh Book Festival
Old Town Arts Festival
This annual weekend event takes place in late May as a celebration of the summer months ahead. Public parties, open-air galas, street fairs and musical and theatrical performances are only some of the events offered during the weekend.
Edinburgh International Science Festival
International Film Festival
Scottish International Children's Festival
Drambuie Film Festival
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