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Edinburgh Tattoo to stage cinema screenings for the first time

Organisers of the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have unveiled plans to take the event into cinemas for the first time - with a pilot to be rolled out in Canada.

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The 68th annual show saw a cast of more than 1,200 musicians and dancers perform on Edinburgh Castles esplanade throughout August. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh Tattoo donates £1m to charity after sell-out August run

THE Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is to donate a record £1 million to UK charities from funds raised by another sell-out run.

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George Street during the International Festival

Roddy Smith: There’s a lot going on behind the scenes to make Edinburgh festival city of the world

The dust has now settled on another summer ­festival season, with this year being especially important as it was the 70th anniversary edition. ­Early ­indications from the many ­promoters, venues and organisers are that ticket sales this year are up on ­previous years with thousands of visitors and residents enjoying the city’s cultural, retail and leisure ­offerings.

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A new 'frozen museum' attraction will be installed on George Street in the run-up to Christmas.

Edinburgh unveils plans for festive celebrations in New Town

Huge ice and snow sculptures of Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Dolly the Sheep, Greyfriars Bobby and the Loch Ness Monster will be brought into the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town for the festive season.
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Rio Ferdinand in action for Manchester United. Picture: Getty

Rio Ferdinand: Alex Ferguson would have embraced digital mind games

Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, the Manchester United star talks about the power of Twitter, Sir Alex Ferguson and social media punditry.

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Richard Ford PIC: Neil Hanna

Richard Ford brings Edinburgh International Book Festival to a close

The lorries came for the book festival’s George Street tents yesterday morning; they’ll arrive to start taking down the ones in Charlotte Square at about five o’clock this afternoon. One thing about autumn melancholy in Edinburgh: you can always be chronologically precise about when it begins.

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The BBC SSO

Music review: EIF 70th Anniversary Celebration Concert

It was appropriate for the final concert event of this landmark Edinburgh International Festival to forego the usual heavyweight choral/symphonic extravaganza and instead combine music from past programmes with reflective film clips. All the right ingredients were there: the BBC SSO in sparkling form under one of the most reliable conducting hands in the business, Martyn Brabbins; and high above them, a massive triple screen projection of old Festival footage, narrated by Jamie MacDougall, and featuring reminiscences by those whose memories go back even to 1947.

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Virgin Money Festival Fireworks PIC: Ian Georgeson Photography

Music review: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Princes Street Gardens

On what turned out to be a clear night, the 70th Edinburgh International Festival came to a finale that resounded like none that had gone before it. A panoply of sparkling, fizzing colour that burst into the sky with an artistry which would have been astounding on its own was all the more impressive for how it co-ordinated with the music.

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Edinburgh International Festival director Fergus Linehan has overseen the event's 70th birthday celebrations.

Edinburgh International Festival reports record box office takings of £4.3m

The Edinburgh International Festival has reported a year record box office from its 70th anniversary programme.
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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe celebrated its 70th anniversary this month.

Record ticket sales revealed by Fringe after 70th anniversary

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has reported a rise in ticket sales of almost 10 per cent - as it emerged the event its audience had grown by nearly a million in the space of just 10 years.

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Theatre review: Seagulls

Theatre review: Seagulls

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: The Volcano Theatre Company of Swansea can always be relied on to perform as if an explosive display of energy - accompanied by as much aggressive yelling, loud banging and vivid visual imagery as possible - is a better option than subtlety of any sort.

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More than 250,000 people flocked to Charlotte Square Gardens during this year's book festival.

Edinburgh book festival reveals record audience figures

The organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival have reported the highest ever attendances in the event’s 34-year history.
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Rain at the Edinburgh International Festival

Dance review: Rain, Edinburgh Playhouse

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker likens Rain to a party, and it’s easy to see what she means. Groups form and scatter; dancers peel off on their own or couple up, come together in trios then move on to someone new.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie PIC: Neil Hanna Photography

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie makes waves at the Edinburgh Book Festival

Edinburgh being the city it is, standing ovations are rare even at its Book Festival, and handed out as sparingly as its university doles out honorary degrees. So when, at 10:45pm on Saturday night, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s audience stood to applaud her, at the end of a day on which she’d been made an honorary DLitt, it was a rare double indeed.

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From left to right, Giorgio Berrugi, Benjamin Cho, Simone del Savio and Nicola Ulivieri, from Teatro Regio Torino, perform La Boheme at the Festival Theatre PIC: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

A worthy La bohème for the 21st century

Opera review: La bohème, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

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Fringe performer entertaining the crowd on the High Street to the enjoyment of all.



Picture: Curtis Welsh

Brian Ferguson: The latest festivals funding saga will run and run

Navigating Edinburgh and its August festivals every day for the best part of the month is certainly not for the faint-hearted. To be a working journalist at the centre of it can be hard going, although probably not nearly as energy-sapping as working long hours in a venue or appearing in a show for three-and-a-half weeks. But for those of us covering the full range of festivals, with the volume of shows, venues and audiences all on the increase year after year, it is no surprise it can be testing to keep on top of everything that is going on. Little wonder, then, at my despair at trying to get to the bottom of what appeared to be one of the most important news stories of the festivals season.

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Lesley Riddoch feels Scots are bit part players in the Fringe. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Lesley Riddoch: Scots are Bit players in our own Fringe blockbuster

A TV programme on the Festival raises questions about the roles of Scots on the international stage, writes Lesley Riddoch.

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Former First Minister Alex Salmond has backed an independent Scotland to have its own currency. Picture: Lesley Martin/PA Wire

Alex Salmond has backed independent Scotland to have own pound

Alex Salmond has backed Scotland to have its own currency if it becomes an independent country.

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Comedy review: Jimmy McGhie’s Tribal Gathering

Comedy review: Jimmy McGhie’s Tribal Gathering

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: For anyone who hasn’t seen one in Edinburgh yet, this is a stand-up comedy show.

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Robert Webb's memoir isn't the run-of-the-mill celebrity Christmas cash-in

Book review: How Not To Be A Boy, by Robert Webb

Robert Webb makes people laugh. Along with David Mitchell, he formed one of the most successful English comedy double acts of recent times. The former Footlights member is best known for playing Jez, the likeable waster in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, and for the rather patchier sketch show That Mitchell And Webb Look. They remain in demand – a new sitcom written by the duo is expected to premiere later this year.

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