Scholarly to Adrenaline-Pumping Festivals in Edinburgh. Throughout the year, dozens of festivals are held in Edinburgh. Summer especially in August is packed with several hokiku88 festivals. Though most festivals are related to art and culture, festivals presented below cover almost all types of festivals in this festival city, Edinburgh.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Lasting for three weeks at the end of August, this festival consists of author talks, open discussions, book signings, and workshops. It has a tented village concept which takes place at George Street and Charlotte Square Gardens of New Town. The entrance is free but to join some events visitors need to buy tickets. Each year more than 900 authors around the world come to this festival.
Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
Like its name, this festival focuses on children. For thirty years, it has been attended by thousands of children from the U.K. especially Scotland. The activities mostly include performances by and for children. For ten days, it is held at the National Museum of Scotland. The main objective of the festival is to entertain as well as to introduce arts and performances to young people.
Edinburgh International Festival
Also called EIF, it was initiated by Rudolf Bing in 1947 to heal the wounds of the Second World War. At first, it only focused on classical music, but nowadays it covers more performing arts, talks, workshops, even visual arts. Due to lots of performances, the festival is held in several major halls and theatres such as Kings Theatre, Queen Hall, The Edinburgh Playhouse, and more. It happens for 25 days.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Shortly referred to as the Fringe, people sometimes intertwine between the Fringe and EIF because both are main festivals in Edinburgh. The distinctive difference is that EIF is the posh one and the Fringe is more open and accessible. Unlike EIF which held at elegant halls, the Fringe venues are feasible places on the Royal Mile, Appleton Tower, and the University of Edinburgh like function rooms, church hall, regular theatre, even streets.
Such differences are because the first Fringe was made by the rejected theatre performers in the first EIF. Later they used unconventional places and street announcements to attract visitors. Decades after, the Fringe became bigger and surpassed the EIF because of the easy access to perform as well as the cheaper ticket prices.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Every August, esplanade of Edinburgh Castle was packed by thousands of people since 1949. They watch drum and pipes performed by British Armed Forces and firework displays. The performance is presented in the evening every day except Sunday. It lasts for about 100 minutes and mostly ends at 10.40 pm. The term ‘tattoo’ refers to signal to call soldiers from pubs or last call of duty for a day.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival
Started in 1982, thousand athletes have participated in this festival. With 42.2 km or 26.2 miles, the run starts from Potterrow and ends at Pinkie. Though the distance is quite short, the run however passes hilly area which needs extra energy. The festival also offers several choices and routes of run such as for junior, 5k, 10k, and others. Different types have different routes.