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Kevin Bacon attends Edinburgh International Film Festival premiere

KEVIN BACON has revealed Scots playwright John Byrne played a massive part in his fledging career.

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The finale of the Edinburgh International Festival will be staged in two parts in August - the first without any fireworks.

Shake-up revealed for Edinburgh International Festival fireworks finale

The grand finale of the Edinburgh International Festival is to be extended by around 20 minutes - for a special musical sequence unaccompanied by fireworks.
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Ewan Bremner attended the opening film. Pictures: Ian Georgeson

Stars on red carpet as Edinburgh film festival launches

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has launched its 70th anniversary celebrations with the UK premiere of a gay romance hailed as the “British Brokeback Mountain.”

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Alec Secareanu and Josh O'Connor in God's Own Country, the opening film of the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival: God’s Own Country

British director Francis Lee makes an auspicious debut with God’s Own Country, a gay love story about a Yorkshire sheep farmer whose tough existence is transformed when he falls for a Romanian migrant worker. Opening this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, it’s a movie that has the unmistakable ring of truth to it – both in its unsentimental depiction of rural life and its matter-of-fact approach to sexuality.

Brian Cox played Winston Churchill in the new big-screen biopic, which was shot in and around Edinburgh.

New Scottish film and TV fund delivers £17.5m boost for economy

A new incentive fund to help bring films and TV productions to Scotland has generated a £17.5 million return on investment in its first 18 months - 10 times more than was put in.
Andrew Maxwell. PIC: Ian Georgeson

Fringe Interview: comedian Andrew Maxwell on playing the Aussie Fringe Circuit

Promoted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In a regular series of interviews to mark World Fringe Day, acts performing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe share their experiences of other Fringes around the world. This week: Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell on the Australian Fringe circuit

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The Reid brothers were interviewed by actor and fan David Tennant for the documentary This Is The Story. Photograph: Debra Hurford Brown

Proclaimers ready to walk away from playing live shows

They have had a firm place in the affections of the nation for three decades.

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Edinburgh's new 45 million concert hall would be built behind RBS's historic head office on St Andrew Square.

Holyrood told new concert venue is 'critical' for Edinburgh

A new flagship concert hall in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town is of “critical” importance, the Scottish Parliament has heard.

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Fringe hit La Clique to be part of Edinburgh Hogmanay

A FRINGE promoter who quit the festival in protest this summer after being ousted from his site in the New Town will instead be part of the city’s expanded Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations.

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Sir Chris Hoy is among the big names from the sporting world to appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this August.

Edinburgh book festival to feature four new venues under expansion

New music and theatre strands are being introduced to the Edinburgh International Book Festival for its biggest ever programme – which will also tackle the “political earthquakes” that have unfolded over the last 12 months.

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Actress Charlotte Rampling is among the stars heading to the book festival in August.

Ten highlights in the Edinburgh International Book Festival line-up

More events than ever before are in this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival line up. But these 10 are expected to be among the hottest tickets in August.

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Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, launches the 2017 programme. Picture: Greg Macvean

Next chapter for book festival

Why change a winning formula? It’s a question often asked when a success story makes any changes which involve an element of risk to its core appeal.

Ed Bartlam, left, and Charlie Wood of Underbelly. Picture: Jon Savage

Arts interview: The duo behind Underbelly talk about their plans for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Once regarded as a Fringe upstart, Underbelly is now major arts and events promoter. With a three year contract to run Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, the duo behind the company talk about their plans to Susan Mansfield

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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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The 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme was launched on Wednesday. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Leader comment: Happy 70th anniversary to the Fringe

As befits a national institution celebrating its 70th anniversary, this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival is to be bigger than ever before, with record numbers of shows and performances. Of course, quantity does not always mean quality, but in the case of the Fringe, these figures are further evidence of an incredible success story.

Hundreds of performers stage free shows every day on the Royal Mile and The Mound during the Fringe.

Royal Mile bag searches ruled out for Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has ruled out bag searches being carried out on thousands of festival-goers thronging popular street theatre arenas - despite a stepping up of security in the wake of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester.
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Fringe-goers will wear virtual reality headsets to experience the show Frogman at Codebase.

Codebase to become Edinburgh Fringe venue

Codebase, the Edinburgh-based firm which has grown to become Europe’s biggest tech incubator, is to become a Fringe venue.
Assembly Rooms founder William Burnett-Coutts has been staging events at the Fringe for nearly 40 years.

Brexit fears for Fringe ahead of 70th anniversary

The entire ethos of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is under threat from Brexit as it marks its 70th anniversary, according to one of its most experienced promoters.

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