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Brian Ferguson: Littlejohn hopes dream can come true with Sleep in the Park

There was little time for me to dwell on the end of Edinburgh’s summer festivals this year. As a somewhat sleepy city centre returned to normality the morning after another rip-roaring fireworks finale, I was striding along Rose Street at a far earlier hour than I had seen for several weeks.

Cliff Hague pictured among the crowds and street performers on the High Street during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Picture: Neil Hanna

Heritage watchdog says festival crowds ‘choking’ Edinburgh

Edinburgh is becoming “dysfunctional” in August due to the vast number of people flooding into the city centre for its festivals, the city’s long-running heritage watchdog has warned.

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Workers at Edinburgh Festival Fringe deserve a fair wage for their work.

Brian Ferguson: Fringe workers deserve fair wage for their work

It would not be Edinburgh in August without healthy doses of controversy. The past few weeks have not disappointed. Headlines about the demise of certain venues, rejections of visas, the impact of Brexit and the possibility of a four-month season to ease overcrowding on the streets have come thick and fast.

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's Manuscript of Monte Cassino comprises a giant foot and matching hand and ankle. 
Picture: Greg Macvean

Paolozzi sculpture forced to relocate over construction work

With its big foot and an outstretched hand, it is one of Edinburgh’s most recognisable and popular works of public art, created by the celebrated sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

Jackie Kay: Dramatic changes

Brian Ferguson: The times they are a-changin’

Some vintage freewheeling Fringe fun can be found at the Monkey Barrel, Edinburgh’s newest year-round comedy club, which is going like a fair this month.

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There have been calls to extend the Festival period to ease hotel demand and ease congestion.

Bid to ‘spread out’ Edinburgh festivals wins backing

The body responsible for protecting Edinburgh’s world heritage site has thrown its weight behind the idea of the city’s festivals being spread out – weeks after it warned the city was at risk of being over-run with tourists.

A street entertainer performs on the Royal Mile during the Fringe. Picture: Getty

Edinburgh Festivals should be run ‘from June to September’ says city MP

Edinburgh’s festivals should be “stretched out” from June through till September, according to one of the city’s MPs.

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Brian Ferguson: Book Festival is chock full of highlights

Quite a few musicians and their followers are mourning the absence of the Fringe’s Spiegeltent from St Andrew Square and it was a depressing sight to see its garden locked up after dark at the weekend.

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Tommy Sheppard MP. Picture: Neil Hanna

Tommy Sheppard calls for ‘code of practice’ for Fringe pay

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe should introduce a new code of practice to help ensure a fairer pay deal for venue workers, according to one of the city’s MPs.

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Irvine Welsh. Picture: Contributed.

Brian Ferguson: Leith’s renewing its festival ties

It has been ten long years for Leithers since Argentine theatre show Fuerza Bruta was staged inside a huge black tent, the last time the port hosted anything of real note during the main festival season despite boasting a heritage dating back to the 1960s.

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Franz Ferdinand were part of the successful 'T on the Fringe' series when the music scene was booming in the 1990s and 2000s.

Brian Ferguson: Music is being drowned out at the Edinburgh festival

My social media feeds have been buzzing with pictures and video of some of Scotland’s finest musical talents performing in packed venues before adoring crowds.

Sam Underwood and his wife Valorie Curry. Picture: Mike Windle/Getty Images

Brian Ferguson: It was summertime at Summerhall for Made in Adelaide

For the second year in a row, Summerhall’s courtyard was bathed in sunshine for the Made in Adelaide event.

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How the Royal High could look as a music school. Picture: Contributed

Royal High concert hall bid given boost by heritage bosses

A bid to turn one of Edinburgh’s most prominent landmarks into a new concert hall and music school has been given a huge boost after national heritage experts vowed to oppose a rival scheme to create a luxury hotel there.

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Poet Christine De Luca. Picture: Greg Macvean

Brian Ferguson: A year of anniversaries

Planning for the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival may have begun years in advance. But poet Christine De Luca was given just three weeks for a special British Council commission to mark the occasion.

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Hull's blue army has taken over! Picture: Contributed.

Brian Ferguson: Hull is taking over the Fringe

Its last major deployment was for the filming of spectacular fight scenes for the Avengers: Infinity War blockbuster.

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Street performer Able Mable draws the crowds on the Royal Mile Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Edinburgh Festival should start in July, says city leader

Edinburgh’s new culture chief has called for a major shake-up of the city’s main festivals to ensure they coincide fully with Scottish school holidays.

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New 'hobbit house' concert arena to replace Ross Bandstand

Edinburgh’s new outdoor concert arena could be up and running by the end of 2019 after the popular “hobbit house” design won the contest to replace the historic Ross Bandstand.

Comedian Mark Nelson's daughter Isla won best actress for her role in the BBC's Short Stuff comedy series. Picture: BBC

Youngster Isla Nelson scoops gong at Scottish Comedy Awards

The ceremony may have been past her bedtime but that didn’t stop three-year-old Isla Nelson scooping the best actress prize at the Scottish Comedy Awards in Edinburgh.

Incubator performers mime their production as a reponse to being silenced by protests in Edinburgh in 2014

Israeli Fringe show closed by protests returns to festival

An Israeli theatre company forced to cancel its show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe three years ago because of political protests is to return to the event for the first time this year.

Sir David Attenborough will join the lineup at the Edinburgh Festival. Picture; PA

Sir David Attenborough to join Edinburgh Festival line-up

The veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough is to discuss his illustrious career at the Edinburgh Festival.

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