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Former Edinburgh Mela boss takes festival board to court

A troubled festival is to be hauled in front of an employment tribunal by its former director.

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Chinese dance superstar Yang Liping's new version of the classic ballet Rite of Passage will be staged in Edinburgh next year.

Chinese dance spectacular confirmed for 2019 Edinburgh international Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival has unveiled plans to bring a major new Chinese dance spectacular to the event in 2019.
Creative Scotland has launched a recruitment drive for a new figurehead for the film and TV sectors.

Creative Scotland to pay new film and TV chief up to £93k

A new figurehead for the Scottish film and television industries will be paid up to £93,000, it emerged today.

Cora Bissett's Fringe will chart her journey from being a teenager singer in an indie-rock band to motherhood.

Rise and fall of forgotten Scottish indie band to inspire new Fringe show

She was the teenage singer in an unknown band who landed one of the biggest record deals in Scottish music history - only for their dreams to turn to dust when they were ditched by their label and landed £40,000 in debt.
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Edinburgh's Usher Hall. Picture: Submitted

Brian Ferguson: £70 million investment will put Edinburgh music scene on centrestage

It has become one of the traditional mad dashes of my year - from The Scotsman office to the launch of the Edinburgh International Festival’s programme.

Morvern Cunningham founded the LeithLate arts festival in 2011.

Concerns over changing face of Leith raised as festival is axed

Organisers of Leith's annual pop-up arts festival have raised concerns about the impact of new developments and rising property prices in the area as they revealed the event had been axed after six years.
Edinburgh International Festival director Fergus Linehan launches the 2018 programme in the capital's McEwan Hall. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Brexit ‘creates wave of uncertainty for Edinburgh Festival’

The director of the Edinburgh International Festival has admitted that the prospect of Brexit has created a “wave of uncertainty” over the future of the event.

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Autobiography is among the contemporary dance shows set to be staged during this year's festival. Picture: EIF

Edinburgh International Festival: The Scotsman critics on the 2018 programme

Fiona Shepherd, Joyce Mcmillan, Ken Walton and Kelly Apter offer their verdict on this year’s lineup.

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Scottish Youth Theatre chief executive Jacky Hardacre has held crisis talks with the Scottish Government to try to avert the closure of the company.

'Constructive' talks held over fate of Scottish Youth Theatre

Scottish Youth Theatre chiefs say they have had “constructive” talks with the Scottish Government over a potential deal to avert the company’s closure.
Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest ever film production to be made in Scotland.

Makers of Avengers: Infinity War blockbuster tell Edinburgh to 'get ready' for premiere

The makers of the new Avengers: Infinity War blockbuster have told Edinburgh to “get ready” for a huge premiere in the city that will have a starring role in the film.
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Young Fathers will be playing a rare home-town gig as part of the Hidden Door festival when it returns to Leith Theatre.

Young Fathers to stage Leith Theatre gig at Hidden Door festival

Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers are to stage a rare home-town gig at a neglected theatre which was closed for almost 30 years.

Ben Thomson and Janet Archer were called to Holyrood to explain Creative Scotland's recent controversial funding cuts to MSPs.

Creative Scotland admits cover-up over controversial funding cuts

Creative Scotland has admitted a cover-up over how controversial funding cuts were made - as its chief executive admitted she was “profoundly sorry” over how they were handled.
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Louise Reay Louise Beamont (far right'') is being sued by her ex-husband. Picture: submitted

Ex-husband sues comedian for £30k over Edinburgh Fringe jokes

An award-winning comedian is being sued for £30,000 by her former husband after using material about their marriage in a show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Comedian Lousie Beamont

Comic being sued by ex-husband for Edinburgh Fringe marriage routine

An award-winning comedian is being sued for £30,000 by her ex-husband after using material about their marriage in a show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Fringe Society chief executive Shona McCarthy warned that organisers of rival festivals were now descending on the event each year to try to emulate its success. Picture: Alex Hewitt

Fringe chief warns Edinburgh festival could become ‘unaffordable’

Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have admitted it risks becoming unaffordable for artists and audiences unless action is taken to curb rising costs.

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The current headquarters is situated on the Royal Mile. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Edinburgh Fringe organisers to find new HQ under five-year manifesto

Fringe organisers have unveiled plans to find a new permanent headquarters for the Fringe under a five-year “manifesto of big goals” to will take the event to its 75th anniversary in 2022.

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King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow has faced growing threats from new developments.

Scotland's live music venues win protection against property developers

Property developers will be ordered to ensure homes built near live music venues across Scotland are properly soundproofed in future following a campaign by industry owners, managers and promoters.
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Leith Theatre was reopened last year for the Hidden Door Festival nearly 30 years after its last event.

Capital's £10m spending spree on cultural venues

Three signature projects are set to share in a £10 million boost for Edinburgh’s cultural infrastructure.

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Robert Wilson has taken over from Ben Thomson as chair of Creative Scotland.

Sculpture park founder to take over as Creative Scotland chair

The multi-millionaire founder of a vast sculpture park on the outskirts of Edinburgh is to take over as chair of troubled arts quango Creative Scotland.
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A Fringe entertainer performs on the Royal Mile in 2017. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Revealed: Edinburgh festivals reliant on ticket sales to residents

New research has revealed how reliant Edinburgh’s main festivals are on local ticket sales – with most events doing between 40 and 70 per cent of their business within the city’s boundary.

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