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Jim Gilchrist and Alison Kerr review the opening concerts of the 40th Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Control of facilities in West Princes Gardens would be handed out to an arms-length operators under plans which have been put out for consultation by the city council.

200 events to be held in Princes Street Gardens each year under 'arms-length' operator bid

Up to 200 events will be staged in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens each year under plans to hand over the running of the park to an arms-length operator, city council officials have admitted.
The choir will work with a animation and video design company on the staging of the event

National youth choir will debut at Edinburgh International Festival

A new national youth chorus is to be formed to help stage a spectacular curtainraiser for the Edinburgh International Festival which will honour the lives of young soldiers killed in the First World War.

Managing director Joanna Baker has been with the Edinburgh International Festival for 26 years.

Edinburgh International Festival chief to step down

One of the key figures in Edinburgh’s festivals is to step down after more than quarter of a century of involvement with them.
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Drag queen Ripley makes her Fringe Festival debut with her show Like A Sturgeon. Picture: contributed

Highlights of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 programme

Shows inspired by the “Me Too” movement against sexual harassment and assault, the looming prospect of Brexit, spiralling gun ­violence and race relations tensions in America during the Trump era, and digital identity theft will be staged during this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Jason will perform a couple of stripped back acoustic versions of his classic hits as part of the show. Picture: TSPL

80s superstar Jason Donovan set to make his Fringe debut

HE WAS the ultimate 80s heart throb – who commanded an audience of 22 million when he starred in Aussie soap Neighbours as Kylie Minogue’s on-screen boyfriend.

Mary Jane Wells performs the true story of American soldier Danna Davis in the Fringe show Heroine.

Official showcase of Scottish work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe unveiled

Stories drawn from real-life alcoholics, a female soldier's sexual violence and bullying in the US military, and the stance taken by conscientious objectors who refused to fight during the First World War will be part of the official government-funded showcase of Scottish work at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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.

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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Creative Scotland chief executive Janet Archer would not comment on any of the specific funding cuts.

Fury as Fringe and theatre companies have funding axed by Creative Scotland

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the city’s King’s and Festival theatres and the body that promotes its Unesco “City of Literature” status have had their funding stripped by Creative Scotland.
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Former Scottish Album of the Year winner Anna Meredith will be creating the Edinburgh International Festival's opening event with video designers 59 Productions.

First World War centenary event to open Edinburgh International Festival

The centenary of the end of the First World War is to be commemorated in a spectacular opening curtain-raiser for the Edinburgh International Festival.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

From left to right, Giorgio Berrugi, Benjamin Cho, Simone del Savio and Nicola Ulivieri, from Teatro Regio Torino, perform La Boheme at the Festival Theatre PIC: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

A worthy La bohème for the 21st century

Opera review: La bohème, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

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This production of Verdi's Macbeth may have suffered from its staging but the music was a fitting tribute to Festival spirit

Edinburgh International Festival: The spirit of 1947 plays on

In this anniversary year, the Festival’s staging of Verdi’s Macbeth was, of course, a tribute to its performance way back in 1947.

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