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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

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.

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.

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

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

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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Beast by Paul Kingsnorth. Picture: Contributed

Book review: Beast by Paul Kingsnorth

Paul Kingsnorth has produced a memorable portrait of a mind on the brink, writes Roger Cox

Fringe award-winner Richard Gadd. Picture: Toby Williams

Scots comic first to win top award at the Fringe since 1987

The first Scot to win the biggest comedy award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for three decades has vowed to keep performing in tiny venues – to keep the emotional power of his work.

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Richard Gadd. Picture: submitted

Richard Gadd wins Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy award

The first Scot to win the biggest comedy award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for three decades has vowed to keep performing in tiny venues - to keep the emotional power of his work.

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Secrets of the Grave – and Miss Toner

The playwright John Byrne has given the world many wonderful fictional characters. Mostly on stage. But for the glorious six-week run of Tutti Frutti in 1987, the airwaves echoed to the stentorian catchphrase of one Eddie Clockerty.

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