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Features & Highlights from Edinburgh's Festivals

Brian Ferguson’s Festival Diary: Every dog has its day at the Fringe

As I happily admitted during their pitch at the Fringe’s Meet the Media event, I couldn’t imagine a show I am less inclined to see than BARK The Musical!

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe gets underway on The Royal Mile. Picture: SWNS

The Scotsman’s Edinburgh Festival Live Blog

Catch up on all the latest from the Edinburgh Festival as we bring you critics’ reviews, news and more from the streets of the capital.

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Unsung heroine Julie-Ann Laidlaw. Picture: Contributed

Brian Ferguson’s Festival Diary: Spats with critics making the headlines

She has a reputation in some quarters as the most feared critic on the Fringe – and her presence in the room has been known to put the fear of death into some comics.

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Brenda's Got A Baby. Picture: Contributed

Has Edinburgh Festival Fringe become more socially inclusive?

‘Blue-collar’ writers, actors and directors give their verdict on whether the Fringe is more socially inclusive than the cultural scene in general

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The crazy chaps at Cirque Berserk! in their Globe of Death. Picture: circusphotographer.com

Kate Copstick’s Festival Diary: Lucius rivals Evel Knievel

By the time you read this, I may well be in small pieces all over the Pleasance Grand. The crazy chaps at Cirque Berserk – brainchild of Zippo the Clown – are putting me in their Globe of Death.

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Murray Hill: About to Break (Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-27 August)

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: 18 must-see shows picked by The Scotsman’s critics

The Scotsman’s team of critics will review hundreds of shows over the next three weeks. As the festivals kick off, we asked them to pick the one thing they are most excited about seeing

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Projections light up Edinburgh's Usher Hall as the city's famous festival season gets under way with the 'Five Telegrams' opening event. Picture: PA

EIF 2018 Opening Event review: Five Telegrams, Festival Square

Now returned to Festival Square after its outing on St Andrew Square in 2017, the Edinburgh International Festival’s 2018 Opening Event remains one of the communal highpoints of the festival.

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The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams by Anna Meredith and 59 Productions opens the Edinburgh International Festival 2018.  Picture; Justin Sutcliffe

Light show ‘spectacular’ opens Edinburgh Festival

Mesmerising slides of colour illuminated the front of the Usher Hall as around 15,000 people gathered to witness the spectacular curtain-raiser that heralded the start of the Edinburgh International Festival.

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5 Fringe theatre shows we already know are great

Want to book theatre tickets but don’t know what’s good? Here are five proven hits

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Video: Cabbie Ryan’s exhibition captures festival life through a lens

Thirty photos taken during last year’s Fringe feature in the Summerhall exhibition by Ryan Walls.

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Brexit could have a ‘disastrous’ impact on Edinburgh International Festival

The director of the Edinburgh International Festival has spoken of his fears that a no-deal Brexit will have a “disastrous” and “horrible” impact next year.

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New book sees Robert McCrum getting to grips with death

IN 1897, after the death of his daughter, and before his suicide attempt, the artist Gauguin scribbled three questions on the canvas of the painting he was working on: Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? “Good questions, those,” says Robert McCrum.

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A C Grayling: Democracy is in crisis in the age of unreason

Democracy isn’t just in crisis, philosopher AC Grayling told the packed audience in the Main Tent.

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Video: Guru Dudu’s groovy Silent Disco Walking Tour is anything but silent

FOR most, taking in the Edinburgh sights involves a trip on an open-top bus or a stroll through the city’s cobbled streets and airy gardens.

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Video: Kempner’s impressions capture essence of the famous

Luke Kempner’s mesmerising impersonations instantly capture the resoluteness of Andy Murray, the dramatic flair of Christopher Biggins and the flamboyance of Alan Carr.

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Video: Ashley Storrie on the ‘world buffet of entertainment’

By her own admission, Ashley Storrie has had a “very interesting upbringing.”

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Karl-Ove Knausgard has shifted his literary focus. Picture: David Hartley/Rex

Knausgaard’s new book focuses on the present - not the past

Two writers, two events, two contrasting ways of pinning down the world, pruning its endless variety into recognisable form. And one question from the audience for both John Banville and Karl-Ove Knausgaard: how do you do what you do?

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Words spilll out of A. L. Kennedy, impossibly fast and more articulate than anyone has a right to expect. Picture: Gary Doak Photography

An audience with the ‘impossibly fast and articulate’ AL Kennedy

Someone in the audience asked AL Kennedy about voice, and how she managed to get the way her characters speak to themselves so right.

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The Scotsman Fringe First awards 2017 winners

SINCE 1973 The Scotsman’s world famous Fringe First awards have been recognising outstanding new writing premiered at the festival - here are our first winners of 2017.

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Jon Snow: 'We all know nothing'. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Brian Ferguson: ‘We all know nothing’, says Jon Snow

There were precious few moments of humour in Jon Snow’s MacTaggart Lecture, the centrepiece of the opening day of the TV Festival.

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