EDINBURGH, Scotland – In summer 2012, as the world’s elite athletes gather in London, the best of the world’s cultural talent will gather in Edinburgh as they do every year in what is the world’s leading Festival City.
2012 will see Edinburgh’s festivals attract four million people to view 40,000 performances across more than 300 venues involving over 25,000 artists.
It’s the 65th anniversary of Edinburgh’s emergence as the pre-eminent festival destination; the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Film Festival began in 1947.
The historic Scottish capital city has become a magnet for audiences and artists from around the world, drawn by the Festivals’ world class programmes, wealth of inspiration and spectacular performances.
Summer 2012 will see eight festivals energetically inhabit the stunning city, presenting an unforgettable mix of cultural experiences as people flock to enjoy the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Art Festival [http://www.edinburghartfestival.com ], the Edinburgh Mela, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and of course The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Edinburgh’s festivals remain a cultural phenomenon, celebrated globally and treasured locally……a world around every corner.
– Scots poet Hugh MacDiarmid described Edinburgh as ‘a mad god’s dream’, but even the maddest of gods couldn’t have dreamt up a more inspiring setting for the world’s biggest, most exhilarating, most over-the-top festivals: Lonely Planet
– In August each year it becomes the world’s cultural capital, hosting the biggest collection of arts festivals on the planet: Wanderlust
– Unique is an overused word, but it absolutely applies here. August in Edinburgh is like no place else on earth: Time Out
– For the 12th consecutive year, Edinburgh has held on to its title as the UK’s favourite city. Neither the historic charms of Bath nor the vibrant arts scene and nightlife in London or Liverpool are a match for the cultural dynamism and austere beauty of this Scottish city: Guardian/Observer Travel Awards 2011