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Festivals 2009

Festivals 2009

Despite recession and rain, capital's hotels enjoy record Festival

RECORD levels of accommodation bookings were notched up in Edinburgh during last month's festivals season, The Scotsman can reveal.

Fringe given £125k council loan

THE Edinburgh Festival Fringe is to get another major loan from the city council in an effort to ease the financial crisis triggered by last year's box-office crisis, The Scotsman can reveal.

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A Fringe venue's a Fringe venue for a' that

AN EDINBURGH landmark is set to become the capital's latest Fringe venue in the wake of its long-awaited restoration.

Hall is not well at EIF

IF THE Usher Hall series is the proud father of the Edinburgh International Festival music programme, why did so much of it feel like a neglected uncle this year? It's a question that's been nagging me since last month's opening night: a concert featuring Handel's mixed-bag oratorio Judas Maccabaeus. Not one of Handel's greatest works.

Take cover! Festival fans are bombarded by fireworks debris

IT IS the traditional finale to Edinburgh's festival season, where thousands of rapt spectators in Princes Street Gardens watch the annual fireworks spectacular.

Tramswork fails to drive fireworks spectacular off the rails

THOUSANDS of spectators enjoyed this year's Fireworks Concert, despite the most popular viewing point being completely shut off.

Festival review: Fireworks Concert

PRINCES STREET GARDENS ****

Opera review: The Fairy Queen

USHER HALL, EDINBURGH ***

Dance review: Scottish Ballet

PLAYHOUSE, EDINBURGH ***

Classical review: The Dream Of Geronitus

USHER HALL, EDINBURGH *****

Opera review: Actus Tragicus

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE **

Classical review: Hamburg State Opera: Der fliegende Holländer

HAMBURG STATE OPERA: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER *** USHER HALL, EDINBURGH

Classical review: Cantus Colln

CANTUS COLLN *** GREYFRIARS KIRK, EDINBURGH

Alexander McCall Smith: The opera

TWO weeks ago, a world away from the heat of the Edinburgh Festival, in the drawing room of a house in a quiet Merchiston street, a small audience sipped champagne as a brand new opera unfolded before them.

Theatre review: Afterplay

AFTERPLAY *** KING'S THEATRE, EDINBURGH

Fringe bosses hail a record-breaking year

FRINGE bosses are celebrating a record-breaking year, with ticket sales soaring 20 per cent on last year.

Fringe shrugs off economic gloom as ticket sales hit record 1.8m total

THE Edinburgh Festival Fringe broke all records by with more than 1.8 million tickets sold this year, organisers said last night.

Art reviews: Nashashibi/Skaer | Rose Frain | Andrew Ranville

NASHASHIBI/SKAER: OUR MAGNOLIA **** DOGGERFISHER, EDINBURGH ROSE FRAIN: ALEXANDRIA LIGHT **** 5/1 ST STEPHEN STREET, EDINBURGH ANDREW RANVILLE: THERE&HERE *** CORN EXCHANGE, EDINBURGH

Theatre review: The Testament of Cresseid

THE TESTAMENT OF CRESSEID **** THE HUB, EDINBURGH

Music review: Arditti Quartet

ARDITTI QUARTET **** QUEEN'S HALL, EDINBURGH

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