Anticipating Scotland in 2019: Edinburgh's Festival Fringe

Photo: David Monteith Hodge

Photo: David Monteith Hodge

What is the Edinburgh Fringe?  It is the world's largest arts festival transforms Scotland's capital every August, as thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows of all kinds and for every taste.  As you will see from the video, “on the whole is it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.  It’s like a playground for the imagination.  It like a massive fun house.  It’s one of the most important melting pots for ideas in the world (for the last 70 years!)  You can go see anything—circus, dance, cabaret, comedians, actors, buskers…from a serious drama to juggling, to a clown act to a naked drag queen. They cater for every taste.” 

What makes it special?

  • Totally open-access, the Fringe is proud to include in their program anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them.

  • Audiences can enjoy theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, children's shows, physical theatre, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

  • It's a magnet for creative producers, the industry and the media making it the biggest and most dynamic international arts market in the world.

Get Excited for Scotland 2019: Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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What is the Military Tattoo?  The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution, and a sellout year after year after year. Music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Massed Military Bands, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. 

What makes it special?

  • Each year's Tattoo is very much a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe.

  • Each and every Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is different from the last. The Tattoo embraces different themes; nature, creativity and Scotland's homecoming are just some of the concepts explored in recent times.

  • More than 14 million people have attended the Tattoo, with an annual audience of around 220,000. In addition, around 100 million people see the Tattoo each year on international television. Not a single performance of the Tattoo has ever been cancelled.