August is Edinburgh’s festival month! Every year at this time, Edinburgh is home to what many view as the world’s most exciting arts festival: the Edinburgh International Festival. The Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival are only two of many other major events also taking place this month, contributing to the buzzing atmosphere which is so characteristic for Edinburgh in August. With shows and events being staged around the clock, sleep is not a priority for many festival goers. Here are our suggestions of what to do with all those waking hour in Edinburgh this year:
- 9 August – 2 September
- Event categories include opera, dance, talks and theatre.
- A visual arts project (NVA’s Speed of Light) invites you to climb one of Edinburgh’s long extinct volcanoes, Arthur’s Seat. This guided walking experience requires you to wear a ‘light suit’, as you play an active part in the performance.
- Virgin Money’s Firework Concert is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year. A performance conducted by The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will conclude the festival on its last day (2 September)
- 11 – 27 August
- “Celebrate Kafka”, explore why “Information is Power” and take part in a Creative Writing class….In Charlotte Square Gardens (at the heart of Edinburgh’s West End) you’ll get a chance to do all of these things and more!
- While tickets for individual events need to be booked, entry to the Gardens is free – it’s the perfect spot to take a break from a busy day in the city centre, browse a bookshop and enjoy a cup of coffee.
- Also be aware of The Glenora’s recommendation for this event. (The Glenora is our sister guest house, offering eco-friendly accommodation in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh’s city centre)
- 3 – 27 August
- Our recommendations for this year include Stewart Lee and Russell Kane, both at the Assembly Rooms.
- Enjoy Project Adorno’s Record Collection as part of the Free Fringe at Le Monde in George Street, only 8 minutes walk away from The Walton!
- 6 – 12 August
- Take a break from busy, buzzing Edinburgh and jump on a train to North Berwick.
- The journey from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station takes little more than half an hour and transports you to the beautiful East Lothian seaside.
- Now in its 5th year, this festival offers 70 events spread over 8 days at 6 venues.
- Author Iain Banks and folk singer Emily Smith are only two of many acts spending some time by the sea this August. Join them and spend a relaxing day out of town!
All factual information is taken from the festivals’ offical websites, accessed on 26/07/2012: http://www.fringebythesea.co.uk/ http://www.edbookfest.co.uk/ http://www.edfringe.com/ http://www.eif.co.uk/