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Edinburgh Military Tattoo to give clan members starring role in 2017 production

Clan members from around the world will get the chance of a starring role in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the first time.
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Co-director Forest Fringe director with colleagues Andy Field, Ira Brand and Deborah Pearson. Picture: Contributed

Leading Free Fringe promoters pull plug on programming shows

One of the major promoters of free shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has pulled the plug on programming shows ahead of its 70th anniversary claiming the event has become too “exploitative” and difficult to stage shows at.

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Around 10,000 people flock to the annual Scot:Lands "pop-up festival" on New Year's Day.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival to put 'New Scots' centre stage

The issue of migration is to take centre stage during Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival - to celebrate culture drawn from all over the world.

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Festival Director Fergus. Picture: TSPL

Brian Ferguson: Seeing top festivals team up is an exciting prospect

I have lost count of the number of surprises sprung by the Edinburgh International Festival in the last couple of years.

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Up to 4000 Hogmanay revellers will be able to use the free tram service

Free trams laid on for Edinburgh's Hogmanay revellers

Free tram rides are to be laid on in Edinburgh for the first time since the controversial service began operating - for the city’s Hogmanay revellers.
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Paolo Nutini at T in the Park in 2014. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Paolo Nutini adds second Edinburgh Hogmanay show due to demand

HOGMANAY headliner Paolo Nutini is set to play a second night due to ‘overwhelming demand’.

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Calton Hill offers one of the best vantage points for watching the Hogmanay fireworks.

Calton Hill ban on Edinburgh's Hogmanay revellers lifted

Hogmanay revellers will be allowed back onto one of Edinburgh’s best-known landmarks after a controversial ban was over-turned in the wake of a public outcry.

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Paolo Nutini will top the bill at Edinburgh's Hogmanay party.

Paolo Nutini to headline Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations

SUPERSTAR Scots singer Paolo Nutini is to headline Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations - a decade after his planned debut at the event ended up a wash-out.

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Eric Milligan has hit out at 'nimbys'. Picture: Greg Macvean

Eric Milligan: Edinburgh’s cultural scene held back by ‘nimbys’

Edinburgh’s cultural scene is being held back by “nimbys” and people “frightened about tomorrow” who are trying to block moves to relax a controversial curb on live music events, according to a former Lord Provost.

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Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer gave a public reading of Here I Am. Picture: Getty Images

Jonathan Safran Foer’s hotly anticipated novel worth the wait

Here I Am, Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel outing in 11 years, is well worth the wait, finds Susan Mansfield

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Gurrelieder curtain call 5 Mihaela Bodlovic

Opera review: Gurrelieder, Usher Hall

This is how an Edinburgh International Festival programme ought to end: with a gripping, momentous work of gargantuan proportions, one you rarely hear, and one which represents a pivotal moment in musical history – in this case when Arnold Schoenberg saw behind him the tortured chromaticism of post-Wagnerism, and ahead of him the hunger to mould a radical new language for the 20th century.

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Entertainers on the Mound. Picture: Neil Hanna

70th Edinburgh Festival and Fringe celebrate box office records

The Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe were celebrating record box office returns in their 70th years as the annual fireworks finale lit up the city.

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Video: Edinburgh Festival finale goes off with a bang

The Edinburgh Festival came to a thrilling end tonight with the annual Virgin Money Fireworks Concert.

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The fireworks are not to be missed

Best places to see Edinburgh Festival closing fireworks

THE festivals are drawing to a close for another year - but won’t go down quietly.

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Club Cumming brought The Hub to life. Picture: Toby Williams

Brian Ferguson: Culture events in historic buildings offer hope

There was an air of inevitability entering the final festivals furlong that I would end up worshipping at the church of Alan Cumming on the Royal Mile.

Opinion
The action of Cosi fan Tutte is transported to an Italian colony in 1930s Africa. Picture: Pascal Victor/ArtComArt

Sao Paolo Orchestra revives works by exploited Shostakovich

In an otherwise moving and uplifting programme, a bitingly satirical makeover of a Mozart classic proves deeply unsettling

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Free Fringe founder Peter Buckley Hill has a wonderful way with words. Picture: Contributed

Revelling with crazy, funny and passionate Peter Buckley Hill

Performers who encapsulate the true Fringe spirit have been in worryingly short supply this year, and if this proves to be Peter Buckley Hill’s last hurrah, Edinburgh will be the poorer for it

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Jonathan Safran Foers new work imagines the destruction of the state of Israel. Picture: Getty Images

Book review: Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer, the precocious postmodern wit of the Noughties, reaches a startling maturity in his study of love, life and anti-Semitism, writes Stuart Kelly

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Its a thrill to see Jessica Almasy, Brian Ferguson and Sandy Grierson share a stage in Anything That Gives Off Light, even though the play has its flaws. Picture: Jon Savage

Deluded dramas suffer identity crisis

The central metaphor in Al Smith’s Diary Of A Madman is about the layers of paint on the Forth Rail Bridge. Pop Sheeran is one of a long line of South Queensferry painters who have worked steadily over the decades adding layer upon layer until the girder beneath seems like ancient history.

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