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Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Fringe
The Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe give visitors the opportunity to enjoy a large variety of performances, ranging from classical music to stand-up comedy.
1. Edinburgh International Festival
This traditional arts festival focuses on classical music, theatre, opera, and dance. Artists are carefully selected by the festival’s committee.
2. Edinburgh Fringe
With an open-access policy, all art forms and experience levels are welcome. Nevertheless, the shows can be of great quality, while comedy makes up the biggest section of the programme.
3. Edinburgh International Festival Tickets
Tickets to individual shows go on sale on the website and at the ticket office in April.
4. Edinburgh Fringe Tickets
You can buy tickets for some of the shows from the festival’s website as early as January. The rest of the tickets can be purchased online, by phone, and at the sales points from July onwards.
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Shows and Venues at the Edinburgh Festival
The Edinburgh International Festival’s venues tend to be major theatres and concert halls, while the Edinburgh Fringe’s ones can be anything from small, independent theatres to churches, universities, and streets.
1. Edinburgh Playhouse
The largest theatre in Scotland is the Edinburgh International Festival’s main venue, especially for dance performances.
2. Usher Hall
This is where the Edinburgh International Festival’s best classical music concerts take place.
3. The Big Four
The Assembly Hall, the Gilded Balloon, The Pleasance, and the Underbelly are the Edinburgh Fringe’s most prestigious venues.
This is where the Edinburgh Fringe’s most eclectic theatre performances, ranging from comedy to dance and cabaret, take place.