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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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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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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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Peter Kay won the award for his show, Car Share. Picture; contributed

Peter Kay and Reggie Yates win top awards at Edinburgh International TV Festival

Comedian Peter Kay and presenter Reggie Yates have picked up some of the top awards at this year’s Edinburgh International TV Festival.

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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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Carol Tambor presents the Carol Tambor Award to Atticist Productions for Life According To Saki. Picture: Scott Louden

Fringe tribute to writer Hector Hugh Munro set for New York

Saki was the Scottish short story writer who offered a satirical commentary on Edwardian society and culture.

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Pupils from Castlebrae Community High School met Alan Cumming. Picture: Mihaela Bodlovic

Actor Alan Cumming considering move from US to Isle of Barra

The award-winning Scottish actor Alan Cumming says he is considering moving from New York to the Outer Hebrides because he is so fearful of the political climate in the United States and misses his own country so much.

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Scottish comic Richard Gadd in running for top comedy award

A Scottish comedian is in the running for the most coveted award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time in more than two decades.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe chief executive Shona McCarthy said the society will defend the rights of performers to have a voice. Picture: Jane Barlow

Fringe Society urged to take tougher stance over protest threat

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has been urged to take a tougher stance over its long-standing “open access” principle and rights of freedom of expression in the face of protests about shows.

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Comedian Masai Graham wins the Dave Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2016 award. Picture: SWNS

Care worker is crowned king of the gags at Edinburgh Fringe

It was third-time lucky for part-time comic Masai Graham when he was named winner of the annual competition to find the “funniest joke of the Fringe” – with a gag about organ donations.

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The Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival, which critics have condemned as 'somewhere between pointless and insulting'. Photograph: Lloyd Smith

Edinburgh Fringe hit by row over ‘pointless’ digital attraction

One of Edinburgh’s most historic festival venues is at the centre of a bitter row over claims that a futuristic makeover is killing trade for venues in the New Town.

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Brooklyn-based theatre company is bring work to the Festivals

Temperatures in London are soaring into the nineties the day I visit rehearsals for Anything That Gives Off Light. Windows are open in the rehearsal rooms, but the electric fans are doing little more than move the stifling air from one place to another.

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The painting of Brigitte Bardot will be joined by a selection of works by Peter Howson, Andy Scott and John Bellany. Picture: Neil Hanna

Bardot, Bowie and Berkoff artworks go under hammer in Edinburgh

A classic image of sixties sex symbol and actor Brigitte Bardot, a rare painting by David Bowie and a Peter Howson portrait of Edinburgh Festival regular Stephen Berkoff are to go under the hammer in Scotland this week.

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The Ross Bandstand. Picture: TSPL

Brian Ferguson: Festival venues no longer up to standard

It is the wee small hours of the morning, high up on Castlehill, the final stretch of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

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The Scotsman Fringe First awards 2016 winners annouced

The Scotsman’s Fringe Firsts recognise outstanding new writing premiered at the festival – here are our first winners of 2016.

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Harry Bensons pictures are on show at the Scottish Parliament  in a Festival retrospective. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scots photographer fears worst if ‘dangerous’ Trump is president

A Scottish photographer who has captured every US president since Eisenhower on camera says he is fearing the worst if Donald Trump enters the White House because he is so “dangerous”.

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Nassim Soleimanpour about his new show at Summerhall.

Interview: Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpor on his worldwide hit

Nassim Soleimanpor discusses his worldwide hit, debut play - and how he plans to follow it up.

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The Scotsmans Brian Ferguson (in the glasses) and Roger Cox spoke with Fringe performers during the Meet the Media event at the weekend. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Hundreds of Fringe acts queue for hours to pitch shows

They queued for up to five hours just to get the chance to try to sell their Fringe show in a handful of minutes.

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