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Edinburgh goes for gold in 2012

Tourists enjoying the atmoshpere at the Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland


An amazing line-up of international talent and the stars of the future will greet visitors this summer during Edinburgh’s world- summer festivals. In 2012, as the eyes of the world look to the UK, world-class and emerging artists and performers will be taking to the stages and spaces in Edinburgh.

There are seven festivals across the summer season, starting with the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival this Friday 20 July (that is over) and concluding on Sunday 2 September with the Edinburgh Mela and the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert of the Edinburgh International Festival.

With the city immersed in art, ideas and entertainment on an unrivalled and intoxicating scale the capital becomes the source of inspiration for over 25,000 artists, producers, authors and hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe.

The festivals date back to 1947, when the Edinburgh International Festival began. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Film Festival also started that year and today Edinburgh truly is the world’s favourite Festival City.

Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra - 25 July 2012 - Orgone

Edinburgh Art Festival 2 August – 2 September

Scotland’s largest annual festival dedicated to visual art featuring more than 45 exhibitions at over 30 venues and major new public art commissions across the city. Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz’ new work Timeline is a multi-site sound installation which spans the city centre. Activated in response to the firing of Edinburgh Castle’s famous One O’clock Gun, Timeline’s speakers call out in a domino-effect towards the castle as the sound of the gun travels in the opposite direction.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 3 – 27 August

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste including theatre, comedy, dance, cabaret, physical theatre, musicals, music, exhibitions and events.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 3 – 25 August

Musicians from Switzerland, Norway and Australia will be among the sparkling line-up at this summer’s 62nd Tattoo. As part of this year’s international celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s accession to the throne, the Tattoo’s Diamond Jubilee themed production is Scotland’s Salute to the Monarch and is set to be one of the most impressive ever staged.

Edinburgh International Festival 9 August – 2 September

The Edinburgh International Festival presents the best of dance, opera, theatre and classical music by leading international artists and companies, to an audience from around a third of the world’s nations. Founded in 1947 to bring together cultures, peoples and nations to share in a celebration of the best of humanity, it remains a prestigious invitation to artists and a mecca for culture fans. This year’s Festival brings together artists from around 47 nations. With world premieres and the cream of fresh performing talent celebrating the strong and exciting future of the arts, there is much to discover.

Edinburgh International Book Festival 11 – 27 August

The Edinburgh International Book Festival will welcome 800 writers, poets, politicians, journalists, thinkers and commentators from 44 countries to Charlotte Square Gardens for debates, readings, workshops and conversations. This year, to celebrate 50 years since the seminal 1962 Writers’ Conference, the Book Festival brings 50 authors from around the world to discuss the role of fiction in our society today in the 2012 Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference. Five debates will be broadcast live online creating a conversation which will reverberate around the world.

Edinburgh Mela 31 August – 2 September

Right at the end of Edinburgh’s summer festival calendar, the Mela is a vibrant, joyous riot of sounds, sights, colours and tastes with great art, family fun, Bhangra beats and delicious food, all on the one site. This year, the Mela World Dance Feste is a whole new arena for the festival’s biggest programme to date: a stage dedicated to the best in international and Scottish contemporary dance.

In London on Sunday 29 July at 1000hrs Edinburgh’s Festivals will be hosting a celebratory brunch for international media at Scotland House, 36 Pall Mall. To attend this brunch see the events page in the media area of (search ‘Edinburgh festivals brunch’ and the event appears top of the list).

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