Cultural Attractions

Lammermuir Festival

The Lammermuir Festival was born of a conviction that historic architecture and beautiful landscape can provide an inspiring environment in which to experience great music and music-making.

Building on a tradition of concerts in Haddington’s great mediaeval parish church of St Mary, the festival was established to bring musicians, local people and visitors together in celebration of music in towns and villages across the county. There is a wealth of evocative buildings to return to each year, but we are always seeking out unexpected new places for music.

The programme encompasses music large and small, from the splendour of a symphony orchestra to the sound of a single violin. Among the musicians invited are famous, established names and young, rising stars. The festival has a close and enduring relationship with some of Scotland’s internationally acclaimed ensembles, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Dunedin Consort, the Hebrides Ensemble and the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Music has the power to enhance, sometimes even to change, people’s lives. The Lammermuir Festival is for the people of East Lothian and for those who come to discover and share the magic of beautiful music in this beautiful place.

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The Edinburgh Mela is Scotland’s biggest and best celebration of world music and dance. The Mela seeks to embrace all its diverse communities and cultures, providing a showcase and development opportunities for artists from within those groups, working alongside artists of national and international stature. For twenty years Edinburgh Mela has been bringing outstanding world music and gorgeous international dance to Scotland’s capital city, in a joyous carnival of colour, rhythm, community celebration… and delicious food. The Mela attracts thousands of people of all ages to the beautiful green space of Leith Links, in north east Edinburgh, to enjoy an atmosphere of fun and diversity.

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Edinburgh Film Festival

Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is world renowned for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema – and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

In 2014 there were 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues, making it the largest ever arts festival in the world.

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Edinburgh International Festival

Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world’s most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts – for everyone.

Edinburgh’s six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe.

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