Festivals

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 27 May – 4 June 2017

Newly renamed Edinburgh International Children’s Festival programme unveiled Highlights: 15 shows from 9 countries Free festival opening weekend at the National Museum of Scotland A brand new international co-production to tour all over Scotland for 3 weeks The newly renamed Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (formerly Imaginate Festival) which is running from 27 May to 4 […]

Edinburgh International Children's Festival
 
 

FESTIVAL EVENT – The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Monday 28th August 2017

The 2017 Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks Concert will take place on Monday 28th August at 9.30pm. In a celebration of dance, the concert sets stirring and delightful music with an outstanding and sparkling visual extravaganza. The breathtaking fireworks display is specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision. Tickets are available for the Ross Bandstand and Princes Street Gardens will […]

 
 

INFO – Dates for Edinburgh’s 2017 Festivals

  Edinburgh Spotlight loves living in ‘Festival City’ and already has all these dates in its 2017 calendar.   International Science Festival  1 – 16 April 2017 The International Science Festival features a host of fun and educational events, lectures and attractions celebrating all things scientific. TradFest Edinburgh 26 April – 6 May 2017 Edinburgh’s […]

By Dave Stewart
 
 

Red, Red Rose Street Festival, 21 – 27 January 2017

RED, RED ROSE STREET FESTIVAL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED Organisers of Red, Red Rose Street today confirmed the full programme of events for Edinburgh’s newest Festival, which will run from Saturday 21 to Friday 27 January 2017, expanding the traditional Burns Night into a week-long celebration of the words and music of the world-renowned Scottish bard. Supported […]

21st - 27th January 2017
 
 

PHOTOS – Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks Concert 2016

  Tonight the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2016 drew to a stunning close with the sky filled with giant walls of silver and golden crackle effect fireworks bursting 225 metres above Edinburgh Castle to the closing bars of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture. Around 250,000 spectators watched the event across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, with visitors […]

By Dave Stewart / Studio 2 Photography
 
 

REVIEW – My World Has Exploded a Little Bit, Natural Shocks

*****

  By Jen Bolsover This is an unflinchingly brave show. Writer and performer Bella Heesom delivers a performance lecture on the subject of death – ‘A Logical and Philosophical Guide to Managing Mortality’ – in which she offers a 17 step programme for anyone coping with dying loved ones. It’s based on her own experience […]

REVIEW – Ada/Ava, Manual Cinema

*****

  By Jen Bolsover Beautiful, chilling and quietly heartbreaking, Ada/Ava is the brainchild of Chicago-based Manual Cinema. Audience members of a certain age may have flashbacks to primary school assemblies when they walk in and see a row of old-fashioned overhead projectors, but all such recollections are quickly dispelled when the projected images come to […]

Edinburgh International Festival: Richard III

*****

By Danielle Farrow Thomas Ostermeier directs Berlin’s Schaubühne Theatre in a magnificently presented, forceful ‘Richard III’, that rests squarely on the shoulders of Lars Eidinger as Richard. These are strong shoulders, bent over before being corseted and neck braced into straightness, and complete with hump. Energetically shuffling through dry clay, kneeling naked beside a coffin, […]

Lars Eidinger plays Richard III in Thomas Ostermeier's production of the same name. Photo: © Arno Declair
 
 

REVIEW – Shakespeare Tonight, Paradise in Augustines

*****

  By Danielle Farrow ‘Shakespeare Tonight’ interviews William Shakespeare and Sir Francis Bacon as arch-rivals on a tv chat show hosted by a minor celebrity who is under pressure as this is – according to the producer – her last chance to book a second series. There are questions put to Shakespeare about his writing […]

REVIEW: Machina – Malcostume Teatro

*****

    Machine is a show that frustrates and appeals in equal measure. Its concept is quirky and entertaining – a one-man commedia dell’arte show where most of the characters appear by projection and interact with one live actor. It’s a brilliant idea, and the actor (whom I would namecheck, but the company’s website is […]