Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Concert - in photos

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert signalled the end of Edinburgh Festival season by filling the sky above the Scottish capital with colour last night. Around 250,000 spectators watched the event, with onlookers filling Princes Street Gardens, the surrounding streets and city parks to enjoy the annual finale to the Edinburgh International Festival. The concert drew to a …

City Photos EIF Blog September 1, 2015

Scotsman Festival reviews: Top rated shows of 2015

The Scotsman’s team of professional critics sees a huge amount of shows during Edinburgh Festival season. Want reviews that you can trust? Here you will find an overview of every Scotsman festival review published in 2015, arranged by star rating. This guide covers comedy, theatre, music and much more, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International …

Edinburgh Festival Chorus marks its 50th birthday

The 50th birthday of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus will be celebrated in a very public, very modern way at the start of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival. They and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will provide the musical soundtrack for The Harmonium Project, a multimedia outdoor extravaganza that will see a sequence of digital animations …

EIF Blog August 3, 2015

Antigone brings the best out of Juliette Binoche

The French star and director Ivo Van Hove make a formidable pair, writes Mark Fisher When London theatregoers fall into raptures over Ivo Van Hove, I can never decide whether to be smug or irritated. Smug, because here in Scotland, we were enjoying the work of this Belgian-born director as long ago as 1998. Back …

Simon McBurney on survival in the Amazon

Simon McBurney tells Susan Mansfield about survival in the Amazon jungle and why audiences at his new show will have to wear headphones In the last week of a July, many a director is burning the midnight oil, putting the finishing touches to their Edinburgh show, and Simon McBurney is no exception. The creative force …

Edinburgh Festival fireworks concert 2015: All you need to know

Always one of the most popular events in the Scottish capital, among tourists and locals alike, the Edinburgh International Festival’s fireworks concert is choreographed by international pyrotechnic artists Pyrovision and over 400,000 fireworks are set to be ignited in front of a packed crowd. There will be live accompaniment to the lights show from the Scottish …

EIF Blog July 28, 2015

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks 2014 – pictures and video

The traditional Sunday night fireworks provided the finale for a record-breaking Edinburgh International Festival tonight – scroll down for more pictures and video. The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert included a 16-minute sequence as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture brought proceedings to a close. Ticket sales for the festival broke through the £3 million barrier as outgoing chief …

5 best places to watch the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks

Marking the end of festival season with a spectacular bang is a long-held tradition in Edinburgh. But where is the best vantage point to view what’s billed as  as ‘the world’s biggest fireworks concert’? While everyone will differ on whether opera, comedy or cabaret provide the best entertainment during August, most of us can appreciate the awe-inspiring nature of …

Juliette Binoche to star in next year’s Edinburgh International Festival

Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche has been confirmed for Fergus Linehan’s first Edinburgh International Festival programme, writes Brian Ferguson [Juliette Binoche will appear Antigone] The French star, who won the Academy Award for her role in The English Patient, will be appearing in the Greek tragedy Antigone next year. However, audiences in London will get to …