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Everything you need to know for your visit to the Festival City

Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital and the world’s Festival City. With its incredible history and outstanding beauty, Edinburgh is a constant source of inspiration for what we do at the International Festival.

During August, when the International Festival is joined by five other official festivals, the population more than doubles as it plays host to hundreds of thousands of visitors and performers from all over the world.

“For the three weeks of the Festival, Edinburgh will be wholly given up to Festival affairs - she will surrender herself to the visitors, and hopes that they will find in all the performances a sense of peace and inspiration with which to refresh their souls and reaffirm their belief in things other than the material.”

Sir John Falconer, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, 1947

The Festival City

Edinburgh is known throughout the world as the Festival City. 

There is much more than just one 'Edinburgh Festival' making up the Festival City. In August alone, there are six different festivals running at the same time, including the International Festival. 

Visitors come to Edinburgh every year to experience the many different festivals which all present a diverse variety of artists and events throughout the year.

Edinburgh Festival City

edinburghfestivalcity.com The umbrella website for all of the city's official festivals. Find competitions, news, video and sign up for emails to keep your finger on the Festival City's pulse.

Edinburgh's Festivals

Edinburgh International Festival 
3-27 August 2018  
+44 (0)131 473 2000  
eif.co.uk (this website) 

Edinburgh International Film Festival
20 June - 1 July 2018 
+44 (0)131 228 4051 
edfilmfest.org.uk

Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival 
13-22 July 2018
+44 (0)131 467 5200 
edinburghjazzfestival.com

Edinburgh Art Festival
26 July - 26 August 2018 
+44 (0)131 226 6558 
edinburghartfestival.com

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
3-25 August 2018 
+44 (0)131 225 1188 
edintattoo.co.uk

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
3-27 August 2018
Admin: +44 (0)131 226 0026 
Box office: +44 (0)131 226 0000 (from June) 
edfringe.com

Edinburgh International Book Festival
11-27 August 2018 
+44 (0)131 718 5666 
edbookfest.co.uk

Edinburgh International Science Festival   
31 March - 15 April 2018   
+44 (0)131 553 0320   
sciencefestival.co.uk

Imaginate - Festival Scotland's International Children's Theatre Festival   
26 May - 3 June 2018   
+44 (0)131 225 8050   
imaginate.org.uk/festival

Scottish International Storytelling Festival   
19 - 31 October 2018   
+44 (0)131 556 9579   
tracscotland.org/festivals

Edinburgh's Hogmanay   
30 December 2018 - 1 January 2019   
+44 (0)844 573 8455   
edinburghshogmanay.com

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