City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News

4 Tonnes of Fireworks Being Readied For Festival Finale

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be playing classic favourites such as Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at this Sunday's Fes

Edinburgh Book Festival: Val McDermid: the Author with a Gold Dagger, Review

Val McDermid

As a most astute and intelligent writer with a spontaneous wit, Val McDermid always draws a huge audience at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

EIF 2014: Sweet Mambo, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Sweet Mambo - night dress

At the EIF 2010, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch performed Agua, a vibrant, vivacious vision of Brazilian culture.

EIF 2014: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

Sir Andrew Davis

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra gave a capacity Festival audience an evening to remember with a programme providing insightful rendition of widely differ genres.

Edinburgh Fringe Smashes Two Million Ticket Mark

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society announced that by Monday afternoon, with hundreds of performances still to take place, an estimated 2,183,591 tickets had been issued for shows this month.

EIF 2014: Chamber Concerts, Queen's Hall, Review

The ensemble this morning consisted of the Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, the violinist Daniel Hope, the pianist Bengt Forsberg and Bebe Risenfors who played accordion, double bass and gu

EIF 2014: Helen Lawrence, King's Theatre, Review

Helen Lawrence - Lisa Ryder

Film Noir meets modern technology and the consequences are both thought provoking and impressive.

EIF 2014: Royal Scottish National Orchestra Kaddish Symphony, Usher Hall, Review

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Vadim Gluzman was the violin soloist in Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto composed in 1942 when Barber was with the US Army Air Forces.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Jeremy Paxman, War. Germany. Act., Review

Jeremy Paxman was at his absolute best for this Open University event which was entitled, "War. Germany.

The Capone Trilogy: Vindici, C Nova, Review

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Chicago. 1943. Gangland. The city is still ruled by fear and terror and there is only one honest cop left.

Shakespeare for Breakfast, C Venues, Review


A warm coffee in one hand and a rather stale croissant in the other is not all that C venues serve up for breakfast.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Sophie Hannah: Killer Queen, Review

Sophie Hannah

Anna Day, founder and director of the Dundee Literary Festival introduced this event entitled Killer Queen - Sophie Hannah is indeed the Queen of psychological crime fiction.

Chalk About, Summerhall, Review

Chalk About - dance

Chalk About dances gently through some complex themes, exploring emotions and identity with a childlike simplicity that connects with all ages.

Edinburgh Book Festival: Murray Pittock and Christopher A Whatley; Nationalism and Unionism; the background.

Professors Murray Pittock and Christopher Whatley have studied different aspects of Scottish historical experience and take divergent positions in the light of their experience, promising a lively and

Edinburgh Book Festival: Francesca Matinez and Mark Thomas; The Jokes are Never Wobbly, Review

Francesca Martinez and Mark Thomas really ought to consider forming a double act, on the strength of their appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

EIF 2014: Czech Philharmonic 02, Usher Hall, Review

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With the double basses raised and along the back of the orchestra, and with twelve violas at the front to the right, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1896, was well set for an evening of C

John Kearns Wins Top Foster's Comedy Award

Once more, the comedy industry has run its annual knockout contest for the crown of best comic at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Edinburgh Book Festival: The Not-So-Great War?, Douglas Newton & David Olusoga, Review

Douglas Newton and David Olusoga came together with Al Senter, in the Chair, to look at the other side of the Great War and in Newton's case a counter view of the decision making that led to the war.

Normal / Madness, Pleasance Courtyard, Review

Schizophrenia, a largely misunderstood mental illness often mistaken for split personality disorder, affects around 1.1% of the population and is a subject often thought of as taboo.

Theatre On A long Thin Wire, Summerhall, Review


What happens when an audience arrives at a theatre performance and there are no actors and no performance? The answer is - not much!

EIF 2014: Front, Lyceum, Review

Front - Royal Lyceum

A soaring polyphony on the grief and waste of war.