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Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International FestivalIn the city that’s dubbed as the 2nd most popular tourist destination in the entire United Kingdom, there’s an annual festival that attracts tens of thousands of people from across the globe. The Edinburgh International Festival brings the world’s top class performers in theatre, music, dance and opera to Scotland’s capital. Every year, for three weeks in August, Edinburgh is alive and bustling with art performances in every street corner. One of the most exciting festivals in the world, it also hosts several talks, workshops and visual art exhibitions where audiences can participate and learn about the arts.

The festival began its conception shortly after the Second World War. Among its founding members include the general manager of Glyndebourne Opera Festival Henry Harvey Wood, Head of the British Council in Scotland Sidney Newman, a group of civil leaders from Edinburgh and the force behind the enterprise, Rudolf Bing. In a meeting that occurred over lunch in Hanover Square, London, The Edinburgh International Music of Festival and Drama was conceived. The first performances occurred from August 22 to September 11, 1947 and it has been celebrated every year thereafter.

Every year, the festival focuses on a certain theme that comprises the topic of the workshops and performances. In 2013, the theme was technology and how it has changed art and performance. One of the highlights of the event was Cybraphon – a robot created with antique instruments and objects that were found and brought to life by robotic components. Another highlight of the concluded event included the Dance Odysseys, which was a 4 day festival within a festival with SISGO as the main event. Dancers merged with the audience creating an unforgettable experience. All major theatres and concert halls in Edinburgh served as the main venues of the festival while smaller venues were also used. Literally every corner or pub in the city had lectures, talks, discussions and performances that was difficult to see every single event.

This year, The Edinburgh International Festival will take place from August 8-31. What’s different between this great event compared to others is that all the performers have to be invited by the Festival Director. Which means the festival is a curated event – unlike others where you can apply to perform – all artists and companies have to have an invitation. Because of this, you are assured that every performer or artist is world class and at the top of their game in the field. With this emphasis on excellence and giving audiences the highest standards in art and performance, audiences are assured that everything they see in the festival are really the best of the best.

Due to the incredible popularity of the event it is crucial to book accommodation early to avoid disappointment as all of the hotels and B&Bs will be fully booked throughout the festival. You can find and book Edinburgh Accommodation using the Private House Stays website which has an excellent choice of privately owned hotels and bed and breakfasts to suit all budgets.

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