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Plans revealed for major shake-up of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party is to be turned into a six-hour street carnival after new organisers called in one of the key figures involved in the spectacular ceremonies at the London Olympics.

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Visitors to Edinburgh are said to spend around 1.3 billion every year.

Edinburgh in danger of ‘losing its soul’ to tourism, claim experts

Heritage watchdogs have warned that the Capital is at risk of being overrun with tourists – just weeks before the 70th anniversary of its festivals is celebrated.

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Festival Fringe staff party on Edinburghs Salisbury Crags as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations. Picture: Tom Duffin

Thousands of free days out to the Edinburgh Fringe given away

Thousands of free “days out” to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are to be given away as part of a global celebration of the event’s 1947 origins.

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop spoke at the Glasgow Womens Library. Picture: TSPL

Brian Ferguson: New culture strategy must be open to scrutiny

‘Top secret’ launch of new cultural plan unacceptable, writes Brian Ferguson

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Galloway Viking treasures go on show at National Museum of Scotland

Museums chiefs have launched an international fundraising drive to secure a Viking treasure trove for the nation - as most of the haul goes on public display for the first time in Edinburgh.

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Next Hogmanay will see an early evening firework display as well as the main event. Picture: Chris Watt

Early evening fireworks for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Early-evening fireworks and a family-friendly concert will be staged in Edinburgh for the first time on Hogmanay as part of a major expansion of its winter festivals under new organisers.

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The Fringe will be celebrating its 70th birthday with its 'alliance of defiance' campaign.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe to be 'alliance of defiance'

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be promoted as a global “alliance of defiance” on freedom of expression this summer as it was confirmed it would be biggger than ever in its 70th anniversary year.

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First Andrew Carnegie Library transformed in £12.4m expansion

It is a project that has transformed the home of the world’s first Andrew Carnegie Library into Scotland’s newest architectural landmark.

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Leith Theatre has been reopened.

Brian Ferguson: Leith Theatre is a gem of a venue

On the face of it, a minor miracle has occurred in the Scottish capital over just two weekends.

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An artist's impression of how the Royal High in Edinburgh would look after developed into a luxury hotel. Picture: Contributed

Royal High hotel ‘impossible to deliver’ without extensions

The developers behind the controversial luxury hotel planned for one of Edinburgh’s most celebrated landmarks have admitted it will be impossible to deliver the project without building major extensions on either side of it.

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It is a mystery why Scottish filmmakers failed to build on the momentum of the mid-1990s when Braveheart and Rob Roy were released within months of each other, writes Brian.

Brian Ferguson: Too few Scottish historical dramas on screen

It is Saturday night at the Royal Lyceum Theatre and an expectant audience is squeezing into every available seat. They have seized the chance to be the first to see one of the year’s most anticipated theatrical events in Scotland – a new play exploring the relationship between John Knox and Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Studio 24 bosses have announced that the popular nightspot is to close after 22 years. Picture: Google Maps

Studio 24 owners confirm sale to property developers

The owners of a popular live music venue in Edinburgh where rock giants Nirvana once played have confirmed it has been sold to a property developer.

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An artists impression of how the Queens Hall will look after a makeover. Picture: Contributed

Queens Hall to get new glass-sided entrance in £3m makeover

A glass-fronted entrance will be created for one of Edinburgh’s flagship concerts halls as part of a £3 million makeover aimed at securing its long-term future.

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Billy Connolly honoured for ‘outstanding contribution’ to TV

Scottish comedy legend Billy Connolly has been honoured for his “outstanding contribution” to the nation’s TV industry.

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Irene MacDougall and Billy Mack in Dundee Reps production of Death of a Salesman. Picture: Jane Hobson

Royal Lyceum leads race for Critics’ Awards for Theatre

Arguments over where the Lewis chessmen should be displayed were settled by compromise. A similar approach may be needed for the latest find, in Galloway.

Brian Ferguson: National treasures should benefit the whole country

They may lie almost 400 miles apart on the map, but the settlement of Uig on the Isle of Lewis and the town of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway share a rare claim to fame.

The bronze statue of Scottish philosopher David Hume in Edinburg. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

1000 years of Edinburgh history in 101 objects

From the Heart of Midlothian on the Royal Mile and the final resting place of the economist Adam Smith in the Canongate to Edinburgh Castle’s Mons Meg cannon and the painting of The Skating Minister, they will chart 1000 years of the Scottish capital

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Brian Ferguson: Time to start shouting about the 70th Edinburgh Fringe

Brian Ferguson: Time to start shouting about the 70th Edinburgh Fringe

It had been a long time since I experienced a truly bitterly cold day in Scotland.

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The Book Festival has been staged in Charlotte Square since 1983 but this year it will expand, taking over the west end of George Street. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Fringe and book festival to team up to run new outdoor arena

Fringe promoters are set to join forces with organisers of Edinburgh’s long-running book festival to run venues due to take over part of one of the capital’s main thoroughfares.

St Cecilia's Hall in Edinburgh is to reopen next month after a two-year, �6.5million redevelopment.
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Modern makeover for Scotland's oldest concert hall revealed

It has been only been home to a handful of shows every year - despite being Scotland’s oldest concert hall and once playing host to Hollywood superstar Grace Kelly.

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