AUGUST IN EDINBURGH
“FASTRACK THE FESTIVAL CITY OF EDINBURGH” WHILST STAYING AT THE MW GUESTHOUSE
While staying at MW Guest house check out the following events...scroll down to see what's on at the theatres and galleries
Edinburgh International Festival —
The Hub, CastleHill Edinburgh EH1
Info: +44 (0)131 473 2000
Each summer starting in mid-August. The world's largest arts' jamboree The Edinburgh International Festival is held annually in mid-August and the programme is usually available from around May time, and if there is something you particularly want to see make sure you book in advance (especially for the Military Tattoo). And whilst the Festival is nautrally a great Edinburgh, it is also worth remembering that accommodation is booked out onmths in advnce so be sure you get your hotel sorted before you arrive!
32 Market Street Edinburgh EH1 1QB
Info: +44 (0)131 225 1188
The of the biggest attractions during the festival is the army's contribution — the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which is held on the Esplanade of the Castle. Featuring Massed Pipes and Drums, Display Teams and Bands from arund the world, held since 1950 this is the single most popular event in Edinburgh's International Festival, with over 200,000 people watching it each year. Tickets go on sale in January and the event usually sells very quickly — booking is essential and you are advised to organise your tickets as early as possible.
One of the International Festival's highlights is the huge open air concert held in Princes Street gardens accompanied by a massive firework display from the castle ramparts. This event takes place on the last day of the Festival and is essentially the closing ceremony — but best of all, it is free.
Edinburgh International Fringe Festival —
Throughout the City
Info: +44 (0)131 226 0000
Over 1500 events across 200 venues throughout the City; to watch free trailers head for Fringe Sunday Aug 15th, The Meadows, 11am — 5pm) to soak up the street performances. This festival tends to be more off beat than the Festival and is made up of all manner of professional and amateur performers. As a result it tends to appeal to a younger audience. The Fringe side of the Edinburgh Festival is now regarded in the theatre/ stage industry as so cutting edge and innovative that it is regarded by many as a showcase for new talent.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival —
Filmhouse Cinema, 88 Lothian Road, Tel:
Venues: The Filmhouse, UGC cinema and The Odeon
Info & tickets: +44 (0)131 623 8030
One 58th Film Festival brings hundreds of featur film premieres, animations, documentaries, music promos, short films, experimental films, on stage interviews with big names and glamourous red carpet events. Enjoy exclusive screenings, sneak previews of hot new movies, premieres and parties — if you're mad about movies you'd be mad to miss the 2004 film festival.
This festival packs a lot of cinema into fourteen days and whether big blockbusters or independent art house films are your thing, there’s something here for you.
The Edinburgh Book Festival —
Venue: Charlotte Square Gardens
Info & tickets: +44 (0)131 624 5050
The World's largest and most dynamic festival for lovers of reading, writing, and big ideas, where people of all ages come face to face with some of the greatest writers and thinkers on the planet. Every August Charlotte Square becomes a tented village full of treats and events for book lovers of all ages.
Hear words of wisdom from your favourite writers as famous authors take to the stage to give readings or take part in debates. Find out about the literary world at one of the many presentations or workshops. Browse the book tents and pick up some great holiday reading. Or simply relax in one of the onsite bars or cafes — with a good book, naturally!
IN THE THEATRES
Festival Theatre — 13-29 Nicolson Street Tel 0131-662-1112
Features opera, ballet, drama, dance etc
Kings Theatre — 2 Leven Street, Tel 529 6000
Drama, musicals and pantomimes at Christmas
Playhouse theatre — 18-22 Greenside Place Tel 0870 606 3424&
Home to the West End musicals
The Tweenies - Live!
Usher Hall - Lothian Road, Tel 0131 228 1155
The Queens Hall
IN THE GALLERIES
National Gallery of Scotland - The Mound, Tel 0131 624 6200
Royal Scottish Academy Building - The Mound, Tel 0131 624 6200
Scottish National Portrait Gallery - 1 Queen Street, Tel 0131 624 6200
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - 75 Belford Road, tel 0131 624 6200
Dean Gallery - 73 Belford Road, Tel 0131 624 6200
The City Art Centre - 2 Market Street, Tel 0131 529 3993
The Leith Gallery - 65 The Shore, Tel 0131 553 5255
Fruit Market Gallery - 45 Market Street, Tel 0131 225 2383
Please be aware that events, venues and dates are likely to change and that MW Guesthouse is not responsible for any changes made