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As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is far from London’s general publicity and high profile because its ancient flavour has been tagged with the Edinburgh-style label, ancient streets, castles, spires, and Scottish mood. Lively music in the streets, many street artists decorate the city, and an artistic atmosphere in Edinburgh is everywhere. Every August, Edinburgh, known as the ‘City of Literature’ and ‘City of Creativity’, is lit up by the arts. Take a look at some of Edinburgh’s unmissable events in August.

Finding the Suitable Edinburgh Accommodation

Accommodation is an essential part of the tour, and the quality of accommodation determines the quality of the tour. With over a million visitors coming to Edinburgh every year during the Fringe Festival in August, finalising your accommodation well in advance is vital. Edinburgh hotels are more expensive, even more so if you’re near Princes Street or the Royal Mile, with three- and four-star hotels making up most of Edinburgh’s traditional hotels. For students who want to save money, staying in student flats Edinburgh with friends is also a good choice. Many student flats in Edinburgh allow double occupancy, so outsiders can remain for a short period, making it convenient for visitors to Edinburgh who are looking for a friend to visit.

Edinburgh Festival

In addition to the Olympics, another big event is taking place this summer, the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival, which takes place throughout August. Since its inception in 1947, the Edinburgh Festival has been recognised as the oldest and most extensive arts festival in the world, inviting top performers and promising new talent in all fields of music, dance and theatre, as well as being recognised as one of the world’s most dynamic and innovative arts festivals, and contributing to the flourishing development of global theatre arts. The Edinburgh Festival consists of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Throughout August, colourful and ingenious posters of performances can be seen everywhere. Edinburgh’s stadiums, university colleges, street corners and other public spaces are transformed into hundreds of performance venues, with tens of thousands of artists performing thousands of shows.

Edinburgh International Festival

Dates: 2 August – 25 August

Highlights: Under the theme of ‘Rituals That Unite Us’, the festival brings together more than 2,000 artists from 42 countries worldwide to present top performances in dance, music, opera, theatre and more. Enjoy a world-class artistic feast in Edinburgh’s major theatres and concert halls while participating in a host of free activities and experiencing the fascination of the arts.

Echoing the theme of ‘Rituals That Unite Us’, this year’s festival will open with a vast outdoor opening celebration for 10,000 people. Audiences will enter Scotland’s rich history and intriguing mythologies in a ritual to forge new connections. This year, there are even more exciting shows on the horizon. You’ll see an epic take on Scottish culture and flavour in Edinburgh in the Opening Ceremony and the Scottish premiere of four-time Olivier Award-winning Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s new work, Assembly Hall. On top of that, there’s a colourful programme of free community events for you to participate in so that every arts-loving soul can find a place to belong.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Dates: 2 August – 26 August

Highlights: One of the world’s largest arts festivals, renowned for its diversity and openness. Thousands of unscreened performances of comedy, dance, music, children’s theatre and more are staged in every corner of the city, providing a stage for emerging artists and innovative work to be showcased.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, also known as the Edinburgh International Festival, is one of the largest arts festivals in the world and is held annually in August in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Its origins can be traced back to 1947 when eight uninvited theatre companies took shape by arranging their performances on the city’s fringe during the Edinburgh International Festival. Since then, this informal arts event has increased to become an independent and influential global cultural event.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Dates: 2 August – 24 August

Highlights: A spectacular show in front of Edinburgh Castle, the Festival brings together military bands and teams of performers worldwide. It showcases national cultures with marching music, dance, and fireworks displays and is one of the highlights of the Edinburgh Festival.

Since its inception in 1950, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo has gone from strength to strength, from eight performances to thousands of performers. It has become a magnificent fusion of dance and creative music. It attracts a live audience of around 220,000 people each year, over 30 per cent of whom come from overseas, in addition to the hundreds of millions of people who watch it on television. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo brings together marching bands, wind bands, bagpipers, drummers, dancers and performers from all over the world, dressed in the traditional costumes of their respective countries, to perform music and dance, showcasing their rich cultural heritage and artistic skills.