Arts & Festivals

What to do in edinburgh - arts and festivalsEdinburgh has a well desrved reputation for supporting art and culture. Visitors are truly spoilt for choice amidst the many performances taking place at any one time not to mention the numerous festivals that take place throughout the year.
As an alternative to reproducing the overwhelming amount information for current entertainment we have provided the following list of comprehensively updated links to help you find whatever may interest accross the cities venues.

The Festival Theatre

The Festival Theatre is an International lyric theatre presenting a broad range of opera ballet, drama, variety and dance year round. Its outstanding facilities include the largest stage in the UK. For up to date information on events at Festival Theatre in Edinburgh visit Browse through the calendar of events, look at the seating plans and use the secure booking form to request tickets.

The Royal Lyceum Theatre

Established in 1965, the lyceum is one of Scotland’s premier repertory theatre company’s with a reputation for excellence in both classical and contemporary drama.

The Traverse Theatre

Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre is Scotland’s new writing theatre, with a 36 year record of excellence. With quality, award-winning productions and programming, the Traverse receives accolades for the best contemporary plays from Scotland and abroad and is one of the leading venues for the Edinburgh Fringe.

The Queen’s Hall

The Queens Hall was converted from an elegant Georgian church and is the home of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. It also hosts comedy, a wide variety of music throughout the year, and the International Festival morning concert series.

89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh (0131) 667 7776.

The Kings’s Theatre

The King’s Theatre presents high quality drama alongside dance, comedy and musical theatre, with a continued commitment to the many local amateur companies which regularly perform here. The King’s annual pantomime is an established tradition within the city

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Edinburgh’s venue for top west end shows.

The Usher Hall

The Usher Hall opened in 1914, and was a gift to the people of Edinburgh by Andrew Usher. It is now host to the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as classical, pop concerts and conferences. Cambridge Street Edinburgh Tel (0131) 228 1404

Edinburgh Arts & Entertainment Guide

On-line guide that supplies full listings for all arts and entertainment currently on show around the city. For details visit

Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh is a year-round city of festivals, ranging from Hogmanay through the spring to the world famous August festivals. The Edinburgh Festivals website is a gateway for information on all of these, with the only official online guide to ALL the major Festivals.

Edinburgh International Festival

Each year the Edinburgh International Festival stages one of the greatest celebrations of the arts, attracting audiences from around the world to the city’s thrilling atmosphere. The festivities offer a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of live performance by internationally renowned artists as well as the joy of discovering new and unfamiliar works. For details visit

Edinburgh Film Festival

Love the movies? Then prepare to fall in love with this year’s Film Festival. If it’s worth watching, we’ll be showing it. You can be the first to see an amazing range of movie premieres. For details vsist

Edinburgh Jazz Festival
Longest running jazz festival in the UK. Concert halls, theatres, clubs, pubs, open air events, featuring all styles of jazz from international artistes. 50,000 attendees. For details visit

Edinburgh Book Festival
Established in 1983, it is Europe’s largest and liveliest public book event, now taking place on an annual basis in the beautiful surroundings of Charlotte Square Gardens. It presents an extensive programme for both adults and children including discussions, readings, lectures, demonstrations and workshops. For details visit

The Fringe

The Edinburgh Fringe is unique, breaking its own record every year as the largest arts festival on the planet (Guinness Book of Records). This year, it brings you over 16,000 performances of the 1350 shows in nearly 200 venues across Scotland’s capital city. For full programme listings, check out the Fringe website at

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
If you want to see in the new year in style, Edinburgh is the place to be. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the largest and well managed celebrations in the world. For those who can handle the pace the festivities run from the 28th December until the 2nd of January. Fuller details of the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2001/02 programme and ticketing arrangements will be available from September onwards.