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Edinburgh Summer Festivals Celebrate Big 7-0

May 6, 2017 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

As Edinburgh the festival city marks 70 years of two of its biggest festivals in 2017, Australian visitors can enjoy a fantastic and once-in-a-lifetime experience combined with the ideal city adventure, filled with amazing Michelin starred cuisine, stunning landmarks, famous attractions and vibrant locals.http://www.rembrandtbkk.com/

The wonderful story began in 1947 with the creation of the Edinburgh International Festival which aimed to reunite the world in a celebration of its diverse art, culture and music. Hot on its heels was the arrival of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (now the biggest arts festival on the planet). Since then Edinburgh has grown and established itself as a one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan cities in the world.

With a total of 11 festivals spanning the entire year, Edinburgh offers an unforgettable and unparalleled mix of cultural experiences set in one of the most historic and iconic cities in the world. There has never been a better time to take on Edinburgh, and Scotland, and delve into its unique summer festival. Australian visitors can also take on the rest of Scotland and immerse themselves in its scenery, golden-shored islands and rich history.

Dates for the diary!

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: 21 June – 2 July 2017

The Edinburgh International Film Festival is universally renowned for discovering and showing the very best in international cinema. Every film fans dream come true! www.edfilmfest.org.uk

EDINBURGH JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL: 14 – 23 July 2017

170 gigs over 10 days see’s the best international musicians rub shoulders to present a unique experience in celebration of jazz and blues across Edinburgh. www.edinburghjazzfestival.com

EDINBURGH ART FESTIVAL: 27 July – 27 August 2017

With free entry to most exhibitions through the city, The Edinburgh Art Festival presents the very best, most exciting and intriguing work in visual arts practice. www.edinburghartfestival.com

THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO4 – 26 August 2017

Set amongst the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Tattoo is a unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre, hosting over 1,000 military and civilian performers from all over the globe every night.  This year it will celebrate Scotland’s story, heritage and colour in ‘Splash of Tartan’. www.edintattoo.co.uk

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE: 4 – 28 August 2017

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world with thousands of people performing live theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, physical theatre, musicals, opera, music, spoken word and exhibitions over hundreds of venues across the city! www.edfringe.com

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: 4 – 28 August 2017

The first of Edinburgh’s festivals created in 1947. With opera, music, theatre and dance from around the world, it truly is one of the finest of its kind. www.eif.co.uk

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL: 12 – 28 August 2017

The Edinburgh Book Festival is the biggest celebration of the written word and literature there is. Over 800 participants from 55 different countries are welcomed to the wondrous Charlotte Square Gardens. www.edbookfest.co.uk

Looking to stay in Edinburgh? Check out these fantastic hotels:

Nira Caledonia – Sitting in the trendy Stockbridge area, there are many venues close by and Edinburgh’s new town lies just minutes away.

Malmaison Edinburgh – Perched on the shore in the wonderful Leith area of the city, visitors will find perfect access to the historic centre as well as the many venues and pop-ups in Leith itself!

Hotel Indigo – Hotel Indigo lies just metres from Edinburgh’s famous playhouse and great place to lay your head after a long day of festival fun!

The Balmoral Hotel – The famous Balmoral is ideal to for visitors to fully immerse themselves in festival fever. Sat on Princess Street, could not ask for a better base to enjoy what’s on offer.

The G&V – Sitting just off the Royal Mile, this 5 star hotel could not be better to get fully immersed in the festival spirit. Hundreds of venues and shows lie right on its doorstep.

Disclaimer: availability at time

Ideas for places to eat? Food lovers will enjoy these eateries that won’t require any bookings during festival period:

DishoomNewly opened Iranian inspired Indian set in Edinburgh’s New Town.

ThingThai CaravanA bustling restaurant just minutes from the Royal Mile offering wonderful Thai street food.

PicklesIdeal for the food grazer, Pickles has a wide selection of fabulous Scottish cheeses and meat complimented with a superb wine selection.

Mariachis MexicanFiery Mexican placed right in the heart of the old town.

RoseleafFantastic eatery and cocktail bar based just off the picturesque shore area in Leith.

Disclaimer: Always check for availability and operational hours beforehand.

For more ideas, please check the VisitScotland website: www.visitscotland.com/accommodation.

With only a few months before Edinburgh’s summer festival really kicks off, there is still plenty time to book flights, accommodation and excursions. With airlines such Emirates, Etihad, KLM, American Airlines and British Airways all offering flights to Scotland from across the globe, it’s never been easier to get here. Check out www.visitscotland.com to get your Scotland and festival adventure started!

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