Festival Time in Edinburgh Scotland
in Scotland, UK
the capital of Scotland and the location of the 1,000 year old Edinburgh
Castle, is the location of the world-class Edinburgh Festival, which is
actually a collection of independent festivals that occur mid through late
Popular festivals include the
Fringe Festival, Arts Festival, the International Film Festival, and so
The Edinburgh Festivals have
proven to be a sounding board for both emerging talent and established
performers. World-class performers such as Robin Williams, Jude Law, and
Emma Thompson launched their careers in this festival city. It's also a
time when famous, well established, artists visit this small Scottish town.
It's common to see celebrities such as Hugh Laurie, Kate Winslet, and Sean
Connery walking among the spectators. It's always exciting to see what
famous celebrities will be in attendance and which fresh talents will emerge
from the myriad of performers.
Festival time in Edinburgh
is a virtual melting pot of new and old, classic and contemporary, refined
and edgy. The Fringe Festival kicks off in the early part of festival season.
Anything goes during this festival. Conducted without the benefit of approval
committees, this festival promises a weird and wonderful display of all
that is cutting edge in the art world. If you're into a more refined atmosphere,
this year's International Festival acts, featuring Asian cultures, will
be highlighted by the Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe, a Korean version of
The Tempest, and a production of King Lear from Taiwan. In addition to
the Asian influence, there will be home-grown acts such as the Sottish
Ballet and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. This year's Film Festival
includes debut films and documentaries by such artists as Alex de la Iglesia,
Celine Sciamma, and Paul Fraser. Other popular festivals include the International
Book Festival and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.
|Visiting Edinburgh during
the festival season guarantees a culture experience of a lifetime. It's
best, however, to book your stay well in advance. Accommodations vary from
elegant hotels surrounding the famous Edinburgh castle, to rural retreats,
and flats in New Town or the Royal Mile district. Furthermore, there is
something for every budget, from five star rooms at the Glasshouse or Balmoral
Hotels, to inexpensive city-center hostels, or even camping sites. Wherever
you chose to stay, you will find an excellent choice of restaurants, bistros,
cafes, and pubs nearby.
In between festivals, don't
miss the opportunity to take in Edinburgh's other attractions. Indulge
in a tour of the Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia, or the Scottish
Mining Museum. Shop some of the best independent retail markets in the
world, enjoy hiking throughout the rich Lothian countryside, or relaxing
on pristine coastal beaches.
Explore galleries, historic
architecture, and interesting museums. Of course, if you're a golfer, some
of the world's most renowned links are near Edinburgh.
Overall, Edinburgh is an
exciting city to visit any time of year, but festival time offers the most
dynamic example of what makes this city a great destination. If you are
fortunate enough to travel to Edinburgh during festival time, prepare yourself
for an experience of a lifetime!
in Scotland, UK