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Nicola Sturgeon to appear at Muriel Spark centenary celebration

Nicola Sturgeon is to read from the work of Muriel Spark at a special 100th anniversary celebration of the Edinburgh-born author’s life and legacy.
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VisitScotland director Paul Bush is one of Scotland's leading festivals and events experts.

Scottish festival organisers told they may have to rely on crowdfunding in future

Festival and event organisers may have to rely on crowd-funding campaigns and donations from philanthropists to keep running in the face of the public spending squeeze, one of Scotland’s leading industry experts has warned.

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Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay will unveil his budget plans next week.

Open letter warns of 'severe impact' on economy if arts cuts are imposed

More than 120 arts, heritage and business organisations have joined forces to warn the Scottish Government of the “severe impacts” if its culture budget is cut next week.
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Canadian artist accused of ripping off Edinburgh Fringe images

An artist who received thousands of pounds in public funding has been accused of lifting images from an Edinburgh Fringe brochure and passing them off as his own.

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High security barriers installed on Edinburgh's Royal Mile to prevent terrorists from ramming vehicles into pedestrians.

Edinburgh Festival: Royal Mile ‘soft target’ for terror before barriers

Edinburgh Festival Fringe chiefs have admitted the event was a “soft target” for terrorists before vast barriers to thwart an attack were introduced this summer.

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PJ Harvey performs on stage.

Exploring the ‘hidden’ side of the Edinburgh International Festival

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Fergus Linehan has been at the helm of the Edinburgh International Festival since the 2015 event.

Fergus Linehan to remain Edinburgh International Festival director until 2022

THE figurehead of the Edinburgh International Festival is to stay in the role for an extra three years, organisers have revealed.
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Leith Theatre rebirth and Ross Pavilion vision in running for Creative Edinburgh Awards

Leith Theatre rebirth and Ross Pavilion vision in running for Creative Edinburgh Awards

The reopening of the neglected Leith Theatre building after 30 years is to compete with multi-million pound plans to replace the Ross Bandstand at Edinburgh’s annual creative industries Oscars.

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Alasdair Graham, of architects Chipperfield, and Sir Ewan Brown, chair of the Impact Trust, at the site of the new concert hall.

£45m Edinburgh concert hall to open up access to huge chunk of New Town

Edinburgh’s new £45 million concert hall will open up access to a huge swathe of little-known New Town squares, lanes, terraces and gardens, its backers have revealed.

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The best shows at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Looking to take in the very best shows the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has to offer? Let The Scotsman’s team of expert critics be your guide. Just to make things easier for you, the reader, we’ve picked out a handful of top-rated shows from across the genres and compiled them together.

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Midge Ure and exhibition curator Stephen Allen at the National Museum of Scotland today.

National Museum exhibition to chart history of Scottish pop music

The story of Scottish pop music over more than half a century is to be charted in a landmark exhibition.
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BBC Scotland's coverage of the Tattoo will be beamed into 54 Canadian cinemas later this month.

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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