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Edinburgh Festivals 2008

Scotland’s capital city is known the world over for playing host to some of the largest and widest ranging arts festivals in the world. 

Browse through the list below which explains what each festival is about and lists the key highlights to look out for.  Check out the festivals diary for dates and venues and more festivals across Scotland.

Edinburgh International Book Festival The world's biggest book festival presenting a wide and varied programme for both adults and children in Edinburgh's beautiful Charlotte Square Gardens. This year's festival will welcome authors, politicians, journalists, poets and thinkers from over 40 different countries with the biggest ever programme of discussions, debates and readings. (11 - 27 August 2007)
View highlights at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2007.
Edinburgh International Festival Staging one of the greatest celebrations of the arts, attracting audiences from around the world to the city's thrilling atmosphere. The festivities offer a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of live performance by internationally renowned artists, world premieres and the joy of discovering new and unfamiliar works. A new series for Festival 2007 is Behind the Scenes - offering a rare glimpse of performing arts practitioners at work. (10 August - 2 September 2007)
View highlights at the Edinburgh International Festival 2007.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe This unique arts festival is the largest arts festival on the planet (Guinness Book of Records). This year the Fringe is bigger than ever, bringing 2,050 shows to 250 venues - giving 31,000 performances. (5 - 27 August 2007)
View highlights at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007.
Starbucks Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

The longest running jazz festival in the UK, this year's festival presents high quality Jazz and Blues across all styles. Choose from a host of American icons, stars from New Orleans and the New York jazz scene, a wide selection of European jazz, world music and rhythm n' blues as well as homegrown talent. (27 July - 5 August 2007)
View highlights at the Starbucks Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2007.

Edinburgh Art Festival

The Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF), now in its fifth year, has become a major player in the capital’s summer events programme.

The 2008 programme sees over 50 exhibitions spanning public and private galleries, long-established spaces, new galleries and recently formed groups, and over 120 associated events.

View highlights of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2007

Edinburgh International Film Festival

With great films with a literary heritage, premieres and some of the biggest names in cineam, including a rare appearance by the legendary John Waters, you'd better book your tickets early. Visit the Edinburgh International Film Festival website to make sure you don't miss out! (15 - 26 August 2007)

Edinburgh Mela

Scotland's biggest intercultural festival featuring music, colour, dance, art, fashion, food, children's activities, the Mela bazaar and much more! Go to the Edinburgh Mela website. (1 & 2 September 2007)

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Scotland's stunning annual outdoor military spectacular is set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Featuring Pipes & Drums, Massed Military Bands, display teams, dancers and acts from around the world. Go to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo website for more. (3 - 25 August 2007)

Did you know?

In addition to the August/September festivals, Edinburgh plays host to many more festivals both before and after summer.  Each year audiences arrive to take part in some of the biggest festivals in the UK. Edinburgh celebrates winter with Edinburgh's Capital Christmas - a 30-day programme of events and attractions in the heart of everyone's favourite Winter Capital.  Edinburgh's Hogmanay ends the festival calendar with thousands bringing in the new year in style at the home of Hogmanay.

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