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Scottish capital teeming with visitors, shows and culture

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08-11-2014 19:18 BJT

Edinburgh is hosting an array of shows and activities, as its 12 major festivals running from April to December reach a climax in August.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the highlights of the festival program. A unique celebration of music, dance and military pageantry, this year’s line-up features acts from Singapore, New Zealand, and the Middle East as well as from across the UK.

The Scottish capital is hosting an endless array of shows and activites, as its 12 major festivals running from April to December reach a climax in August. (File Photo)

The Scottish capital is hosting an endless array of shows and activites, as its 12 major festivals running from April to December reach a climax in August. (File Photo)

The spectacular performances take place against the backdrop of the iconic Edinburgh Castle, the city’s prime historical landmark and top tourism destination. From its early days, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been an international favorite, and tickets are sold out weeks before the show opens every August.

The Tattoo is now only part of a whole range of events, including the Art, Book and International festivals as well as Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Edinburgh gives artists from around the world a great platform to advertise, interact and enjoy unprecedented exposure.

From their beginning over 60 years ago, the festivals have been instrumental in transforming Edinburgh into a cosmopolitan, outward-looking and welcoming city.
“Edinburgh is unique, and the festival is unique. That’s why every year more people come here and the festival continues to grow and flourish and represent the best of Scotland,” said Helen Moonie, provost of South Ayrshire.

The Scottish capital is hosting an endless array of shows and activites, as its 12 major festivals running from April to December reach a climax in August. (File Photo)

The Scottish capital is hosting an endless array of shows and activites, as its 12 major festivals running from April to December reach a climax in August. (File Photo)

As well as defining Scotland’s cultural identity on the global stage, Edinburgh’s Festivals are a core part of the country’s tourism offerings and a major boost to quality of life in the city.

“I think Edinburgh is a great city to come and visit from as a tourist anyway and certainly as a great base if you plan to visit the rest of the UK. And if you’re a cultural buff as I am, then what better a place to come and start your tourist attractions? So it certainly brings with the hotel accommodation and benefits from the tourism point of view, but I think the local Edinburgh people also benefit from receiving these international guests from all over the world, and learn about their cultures as well,” said Emma House, director of Publisher Relations, the Publishers Association, UK.

Edinburgh International and Fringe festivals were founded in 1947 to enrich European cultural life after the Second World War. Since then, festivals have become important to Scotland’s culture and they look set to keep bringing in the visitors for years to come.

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