August in Edinburgh would be incomplete without the International Book festival….
Starting on the 11th of August, and organised by themes, the audiences is taken on a journey of discovery through personal stories, poetry, facts, fiction and world affairs. With over 900, discover all types of book and writing style.
Entry to the Book Festival Village is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome! There is much to enjoy during a visit to the Book Festival, it's not only about the events.
The Festival's home in the beautiful, leafy Charlotte Square Gardens and along the west end of George Street is a wonderful space in which to sit, talk, think, play and be entertained.
You can see a favourite author, join in a workshop or debate, enjoy a cuppa in the café, a beer or a wee dram in the bar, or simply park yourself on the grass (with or without a book) and soak up the atmosphere.
This Year themes are the following:
Babble On- Spoken Word |Freedom and Equality | Identity Parades
|Illustrator in Residence|Killing Democracy|Mind & Body|Muriel Spark 100|Music Matters|Our Planet and Us|Playing with books|Politics for Change|Revolting Women |Scottish Ideas|Sports & Society|Stipped|The Sea around Us|Unbound|Year of Young People: Codename F
Find out more: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/visiting-the-festival
Originally formed randomly by a few theatres troupes which did not get to be listed on the Edinburgh International Festival. Year on year attracting more performers, it was then decided to create a Fringe Society 3 main goals: Provide support to performer, assist the audience and promote this wonderful festival to the world.
In order to help guests and give them an idea of what is going on, The Edinburgh Collection is suggesting you 3 shows per category. Mind that there is a lot more to see but the team wanted to give you an insight.
3 August 2018, 10.30pm | Festival Square
The 2018 International Festival begins with a free, outdoor performance celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People and marking the centenary of the end of the Great War.
Cabaret and Variety:
Rosie sings facts about love – Venue 221 Fingers Piano Bar – Free / 4th to the 26th Aug
Turning 30 and looking for love, she will sing her life to you with a beautiful voice and hilarious lyrics.
Whisky & Gin tasting cabaret – Venue 41 Hill Street Theatre – £15 / 3rd to 26th Aug
Get to know more about Gin & Whisky and enjoy a sultry cabaret show as you are tasting either Gin or whisky.
Sleight of Handsome – Venue 113 La Vida Basement room 1 – Free / 4th to 25th Aug
Freddie Folkston will keep you entertained with magic trick, word and humour.
Alice in Wonderland – Venue 9 TheSpace @ Niddry St - £5 / 9th to 11th Aug
Discover Alice in Wonderland with the Winnetonka Theatre Department.
Baby Love Disco – Venue 44 The Jam House - £9 / 5th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th Aug
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Kids will certainly this adapted version of a night out. Food & drinks provided as well as birthday cake on this special occasion.
CeilidhKids at the Fringe – Venue 170 Laughing Horse @ The Counting House – Free / 2nd to 26th Aug
A fabulous workshop to do with your kids and learn the traditional Scottish dancing moves and flaws.
Alice Marshall: The Strike – Venue 88 Just the Tonic at The caves - £6 / 2nd to 26th Aug
Join Maria, the world's angriest air stewardess, as she welcomes you on board a non-stop flight direct to the fifth dimension.
Brexit Stage Left – Venue 78 Canon’s Gait - £5 / 4th to 14th Aug
Semi-Finalist of “So you think you are funny” 2016, this duo will take you into the world of jobless and broke failing around at being a grown-up.
Bronston Jones: God Bless 'Merica 4 – Venue 151 Laughing Horse Bar 50 – Free / 2nd to 26 Aug
Top topic since Trump took America over, Bronston Jones will once again address his prayer to fix the country.
Dance & Physical Theatre:
China Young Beijing Golden Sails Arts Troupe – Venue 34 C Venues - £10.50 / 2nd August
Giselle – Venue 22 Studio 1 - £ 13 / 3rd to 19th Aug
Revisiting the romantic classic timeless tale. Choreography around the theme of Love and betrayal.
POP-UP Duets – Venue 179 National Museum of Scotland – Free / 15th to 26th of August.
The charming Claxton Dance returns featuring a lovely duo dancing around the theme of love.
Brewery Tour – Venue 274 Edinburgh Beer Factory Taproom - £15 / 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August
Brewhemian Shinding – Venue 90 Brewhemia – Free / Every Friday-Saturday in August
Brewhemia will welcome you for a large and lively party, with a creative crew to keep you entertained and great musicians.
Chinese Art and Culture festival – Venue 150 EICC Pentland Auditorium - £10 / 3rd to 5th August
Discover the best of Chinese arts and culture. Notably featuring Beijing Federation of Literature and Arts Circles. Sound of Beijing / China Dancers Association.
156th International Exhibition of Photography 2018 – Venue 130 TPEC - £5 30TH July to 26th August
With 200 hundreds prints selected over 2000 submitted, discover the best of this year photography.
A Contemporary Perspective – Venue 109 Urban Art Gallery - Free / 4th Aug to 2nd Sept.
Photography, paintings, sculpture, abstract any many more form of art will be waiting for you.
Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show – Venue 216 Bonhams Auction House - Free / 24th to 26th Aug
Make a difference with Macmillan Cancer Support and discover a broad range of original paintings, drawings and prints in the beautiful surroundings of Bonhams Auction House
Belly of a Drunken Piano – Venue 20 Assembly rooms - £15 / 2nd to 26th Aug
D’Arrietta’s comes back to the Fringe with a new show, putting together sets of well-known songs written by the best such as Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and composition of his own.
Blueswater Presents: The Roots of the Blues – Venue 38 theSpaceTriplex - £9 / 3rd to 25th August
Let Toby Mottershead take you on a musical exploration of blues. This incredible bluesman will most certainly make you discover what it is all about.
Edinburgh’s Traditional Music – Venue 67 Valvona & Crolla - £10 / 17th to 19th August
Discover all of Robert Burns through this magical traditional band.
Musical & Operas:
Highland Serenade – Venue 152 Paradis Augustines - £10 / 13th to 26th August
An American family just getting over the passing of a loved ones, relocates to the Highland. With original Broadway and West End music, an unexpected twist at the end ensues.
Playing Django – The Musical Tale of a Guitar Legend – Venue 293 Argyle Cellar Bar - £12 / 9th, 10th, 15th-17th August
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Venue 53 theSpace@Surgeon’s Hall - £12 / 3rd to 18th August
Alice Hawkins – Suffragette – Venue 290 Arthur Conan Doyle Centre - £8 / 13th to 17th August
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the suffragette movement, Alice Hawkins grandson will take you through the history of her campaign and how she formed the local suffragette branch.
Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe – Venue 133 Blackwell’s Bookshop – Free / Every Thursday August
Find out about new and unpublished works of literary art stand alongside established novelists, with any and all genres free to be expressed.
It's a Dog's Brexit – Venue theSpace@Surgeons Hall - £10.50 / 3rd to 24th
A political solo show, Geoffrey Brown coming back to the Fringe with a new show, he will certainly keep you entertained by exploring what the latest Brexit deal means for the UK and our relations with Europe and beyond.
All About Her – Feminism in Chinese Traditional Opera – Venue 152 Paradise in Augustines – Free / 4th to 11th August Feminism in Chinese Traditional Opera creatively combines traditional Chinese Opera with contemporary ideas, exploring feminism in the traditional opera repertoire, and creating a new contemporary style.
Alternative Bedtime Stories – Venue 188 Sweet Novotel - £7 / 13th to 26th August
Get into a 21st century version of classic fairy tale with these two fair maidens.
The Cat's Mother – Venue 61 Underbelly, Cowgate - £9 / 2nd to 26th August
A new and promising dark Irish comedy that will make you laugh, cry and then laugh again.
Find out more info, many more shows and book your ticket on the Edinburgh Fringe Website: https://www.edfringe.com/
Our favourite local’s picks: They have live music every day, all year long.
The Sandy Bells: https://www.sandybells.co.uk/sessions.html
Evening Sessions Every Day Evening sessions begin 9:30 and run till closing time
The Royal Oak: https: http://www.royal-oak-folk.com/
Recommended session: Absolutely most definitely Monday session with James from 9pm
Recommended Gig: Everyday from 6 pm “Gone Native”, Bobby and Kevin speak the truth, with engaged lyrics and folk music.
The Captains: https://captainsedinburgh.webs.com/
Meet John Anaya for a Bluesy session on Monday Starts 6pm till 8.30pm.
The Jazz Bar – http://www.thejazzbar.co.uk/
Keeping you entertained with the best of Jazz, Blues and Funk music, if you have to see one gig, it would be HENDRIX AND US: After last year’s sell-out run, established Scottish jazz-funk guitarist Aki Remally reconstructs the music of Jimi Hendrix with a funk-heavy approach. Featuring musicians from Trio HLK and The Hidden Orchestra. Come down and get freaky… Aug 8, 10, 13, 14, 20 22:00 (1h30m) £10 (£8) Ages 18+
Guiding you through the diversity of Edinburgh art. The arts festival is showcasing classic exhibition, modern art, artist talk, workshop and immersive experiences from the 26th of July to 26th of August.
The Edinburgh Collection’s pick #UnravelEdinburgh
From the 26th of July - Liberty Art Fabrics Festival – Davecot Gallery
Featuring hundreds garments and fabrics, discover a 140 years of art fabric and fashion and how art made it into our daily life through our clothes.
From the 4th of August - Art center Museum & Gallery Edwin G Lucas – “An individual eye”
Art center Museum & Gallery featuring one of the most unique Scottish painter of the 20th century.
From 7 th of July - In Focus - City Art CentreDiscover a 150 years of historic and contemporary Scottish photography. Exhibiting well known photographer such as Hill and Adamson, Thomas Begbie, Joseph McKenzie, David Williams, Maud Sulter, Wendy McMurdo, Calum Colvin, Christine Borland.
Rembrandts – Scottish National Gallery 7th of July
Like every year the Scottish National Gallery host a special and exclusive exhibition over the summer, last year with the Beyond Caravage, you will this year have the amazing opportunity to discover Rembrandt’s world. Bringing together key works which usually are spread over different gallery and all remains in the Britain’s collection.
Free Bus to Jupiter – Every Thursday in August
From 10 Am to 3pm – Discover a whole new world with this immersive exhibition, taking you outside Edinburgh for a few hours. As Edinburgh city centre swells with visitors, Edinburgh Art Festival offers you an escape to Jupiter Artland. (Tickets are limited and advance booking essential)
Edinburgh College of Art opens its doors for their annual Festival Exhibition - Lauriston Campus. Showcasing new work from postgraduates studying Contemporary Art, Illustration, Interdisciplinary Creative Practices and Art, Space & Nature.
2nd – 25th August - George Street, EH2 2LR
The Design Informatics Pavilion, showcases prototypes and interactive installations by Design Informatics researchers, Masters Students and partners at Tesco Bank which explore the possibilities of designing with data
8th of August - The Fruitmarket Gallery
The Night With… presents Wooden Elephant at Fruitmarket Gallery
Covering Björk’s Homogenic and Radiohead’s Kid A. Both reimagined for string quintet, replacing electronic beats and synths have been replaced with all-acoustic, analogue instruments of wood, steel, and horse hair and more unconventional instruments including bird water whistles, a kazoo, tuning forks, Pacay bean shakers, plectrums, wine glasses, and aluminium kitchen foil.
More Info & Tickets: https://edinburghartfestival.com
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the festival, the central library on Georges IV Bridge presents a special exhibition in the music library Memorabilia and rare historical artefacts from the last 40 years of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
Do not Miss – Free Event
Mardi Gras; Just Like in New Orleans, Edinburgh will turn into a giant party venue a free concert set in Grassmarket from 1pm, you will have the amazing chance to see bands from South Africa, USA and Europe, an Australian singer as well as the cream of local talent.
The parade will take place on Sunday 15th of July, starting in Princes Street West end, join the party and enjoy following the colourful delegation for an afternoon of great music.
The Edinburgh Collection Festival Picks #UnravelEdinburgh:
After Midnight Picks #UnravelEdinburgh: The Jazz Bar – Chamber Street
The jazz bar is the assurance of a fabulous night out all year around, but a shining star during the festival with a very complete programme and opening its door till 5AM for the occasion, it is the perfect place to go to for a last wee drink.
Do not Miss!
13th July 1.30am–5am, £6/£5 JAMES BROWN IS ANNIE –
Lay down the grooves with Scotland’s premier soul-funk outfit, James Brown Is Annie, as they gear up for the launch of their new album in September. Expect to hear funky favourites, soulful newbies, and lots of hip-shaking tunes by the likes of Steely Dan, Average White Band, and James Brown in between. Having just recorded their second album with AWB legend, Hamish Stuart, all bodes well for a hot, sweaty, funky night.
18th July - 1.30am-5am, £4/£3 SWAMPJAM Late night Wednesday regulars lead a special festival-edition late night session with a tonne of New Orleans beats, a wall of brass, and plenty of specially invite guests.
19th July - 1.30am-5am, £4/£3 FUTURE HEROES – Superbly creative guitarist Aki Remally fronts this brilliant Groove/Funk 6-piece, with funky horn section of Jonny White (sax) and trumpet ace Chuck Dearness
Sunday 22nd July: 10pm-1am, £7/£5 THE JAZZ BAR’S JAM SESSIONS Open Stage ‘Jazz Jam’ where our excellent House Trio backs all kinds of surprise jazzy guests dropping in to play – and we’ve no idea who’s coming in until tonight! If you want to play, turn up with your instrument and ask for a place on the evening’s list of guest players (entry is free to those participating in the jam session). These jams are packed with outstanding talent during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, come down to play and/or hear some of the festival’s finest improvising!
Programme available on : http://www.thejazzbar.co.uk/edinburgh-jazz-and-blues-festival/