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Edinburgh August 2013

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Edinburgh Tattoo Finale

Edinburgh Tattoo Finale

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (2nd – 24th August 2013)

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is part of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival. Nearly a thousand musicians, drummers, pipers, dancers and singers will perform on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, close to the Apex International Hotel. Over the 3 weeks, more than 200,000 people will experience the Tattoo. The Tattoo has always sold out in advance in recent years, so make sure to get your tickets sooner rather than later. - Find out more in our Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo blog post.

Location: Edinburgh Castle

Website: edintattoo.co.uk

Edinburgh Art Festival (1st August –1st September)

Scotland’s largest annual visual arts festival returns to Edinburgh this August. The festival, which showcased in 1947, showcases some of the Scotland’s most impressive contemporary art as well as exhibitions from some the most influential artists in the scene. Over 40 exhibitions will be taking place across the city, many of which will be free!

Location: Various Venues

Website: edinburghartfestival.com

Just Festival (2nd – 26th August)

Pust Festival is the new name for Edinburgh’s Festival of Spirituality & Peace. There will be over 129 events in 450 performances taking place across 29 venues. During the festival, a whole host of cultural events and performances will take place in various venues across the city. At the heart of each performance will be a message of peace and justice.

Location: Various Venues

Website: justjust.org

Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2nd – 26th August)

By now, everyone knows about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it is after all the world’s largest Arts Festival. With over 40,000 performances taking place in 250 venues across the city, you’ll need to put some time and thought into choosing the performances you want to see. Highlights this year include shows from Brendon Burns, Al Murray and George Galloway.

Location: Various Venues

Website: edfringe.com

Sean Lock: Purple Van Man (4th – 5th August)

Sean Lock returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre this August with his brand new stand up show, Purple Van Man. The theatre is only a five minute walk from the Apex Waterloo Place hotel. Sean Lock is one of the country’s most highly acclaimed comedians, having appeared on shows such as ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’. The man knows how to make you laugh.

Location: Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, 18-22 Greenside Ln, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA

Website: atgtickets.com

The Extreme Stunt Show (9th – 11th August)

Here’s one for all the adrenaline junkies out there. The Extreme Stunt Show stops off at Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal for three days during its UK tour. Look forward to a whole host of performances, from Monster Truck Mayhem to Motocross to even The Human Cannonball. Watch in awe as the stuntmen perform feats that are out-of-this-world.

Location: Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ

Website: extremestuntshow.com

International Festival (9th August – 1st September)

The International Festival was founded in 1947, just after the Second World War. Unlike the Fringe Festival, artists and companies take part on an invitation-only basis. During the festival you’ll get to experience theatre, classical music, opera and dance by performers from across the world. At the end of the festival, you’ll not want to miss the stunning fireworks concert which takes place at Edinburgh Castle.

Location: Various Venues

Website: eif.co.uk

International Book Festival (10th – 26th August)

If you want to attend a somewhat quieter and more relaxing festival in Edinburgh this August, the International Book Festival might be just what you’re looking for. Book lovers will congregate in the surrounds of Charlotte Square, and together they will celebrate the books they love and discuss the big issues of our time. It’s the perfect spot to spend an hour or two reading your favourite book.

Location: 5A Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR

Website: edbookfest.co.uk

Guardian International Television Festival (22nd – 24th August)

If you dream of getting into the television industry, attending the International Television Festival might just give you the push you need to turn that aspiration into reality. Over 2000 delegates attend the festival, with hundreds of the world’s top TV executives speaking. If you want to build your network of TV professionals, make sure to get your pass.

Location: EICC, 150 Morrison Street, The Exchange, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE.

Website: geitf.co.uk

SKC Dog Show (24th – 25th August)

If you’re a dog lover, why not attend The Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show this August? The event will take place across 2 days at the Royal Highland Showground. On Saturday you’ll be treated to Working, Pastoral, Utility, Toy and Agility competitions. On Sunday there will be Gundog, Hound, Terrier, Obedience and Agility competitions to enjoy. Bring the whole family and make it an event to remember.

Location: Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NF

Website: scottishkennelclub.org

Mela Festival (31st August –1st September)

The talent of Edinburgh’s ethnic minorities will be showcased during the Mela Festival. Prepare yourself for some Bhangra beats, family fun and delicious food. The festival manages to attract more than 20,000 visitors, and this year looks set to be no different. Don’t expect to be allowed to stand back and spectate however… you’ll be expected to join in on the fun!

Location: Leith Links, Edinburgh, EH6 8BW

Website: edinburgh-mela.co.uk