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Portobello Book Festival 2017: A Community Triumph

These days there are book festivals everywhere you look, from the dizzy heights of Hay-on-Wye to the cultured calm of Cheltenham.  Last weekend, however, I went out to the seaside to visit a festival that, in the words of one of the organisers, is ‘just a little bit different’. The Portobello Book Festival is now in its ninth year. It’s run entirely More...

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By Phyllis Stephen On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
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2018 Fringe Schools Poster Competition launched

The artist Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng helps the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to launch the 2018 Fringe Schools Poster Competition. Schoolchildren from across Scotland are invited to submit artistic impressions of More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Saturday, October 7th, 2017
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Meats and Beats Festival 2017

Vegetarians and vegans look away now. A new ‘Meats & Beats’ festival, themed around meatylicious street food, and music from the past five decades will take place in Edinburgh from 20-22 October 2017. The More...

By Katherine MacKenzie On Friday, September 29th, 2017
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Chinese craftsmen construct spectacular lanterns destined for Scotland

A team of 150 specialist craftsmen from China are hand-making over 450 dazzling lanterns to illuminate RZSS Edinburgh Zoo with the Giant Lanterns of China this winter. To showcase the scale of the project, the More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
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Edinburgh’s Christmas will be icy!

Underbelly who have the contract with The City of Edinburgh Council to provide all the entertainment for Edinburgh’s Christmas 2017 have announced today that the programme is refreshed for this year – More...

By Nigel Duncan On Monday, September 18th, 2017
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Balerno Music Festival boasts 24 shows

Borders Big Band at Balerno Music Festival A total of 24 events are featured during the tenth Balerno Music Festival from 27 September to 15 October. Local performers will be on stage as well as an impressive line More...

By Anna Kaye On Monday, September 4th, 2017
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Edinburgh International Book Festival – REVIEW – Scarlatti and Cage with David Greilsammer and David Mitchell

David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas muses on the nature of boundaries – namely, the boundaries between noise and sound. The novel suggests that all boundaries are conventions, that one may cross “if only one More...

By Lee Levitt On Sunday, September 3rd, 2017
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story*****

A story of Romanian Jewish refugees settling in Canada in 1908 is set to a high-tempo, klezmer-infused concert in this wonderfully evocative international premiere. Ben Caplan weaves the central love story together More...

By Lee Levitt On Sunday, September 3rd, 2017
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Mindy Raf:Keeping My Kidneys****

An emoji orgy is unlikely to have featured in an Edinburgh Fringe show before, but Mindy Raf who produces one is nothing if not barrier-breaking. Her inventive, sexually liberated (and liberating) one-woman show More...

By Lee Levitt On Sunday, September 3rd, 2017
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – How to Suffer Better***

A wacky slice of neurotic New York life is served up by Amanda Erin Miller in a high-energy Edinburgh Fringe debut. Miller, 33, presents a handful of angst-ridden characters, ranging from a multiple-complex-suffering More...

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