Edinburgh Arts & Culture in August
August is a month of unparalleled arts and cultural events in Scotland and in particular, the historical city of Edinburgh.
Starting with The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city - every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages to present shows for every taste.
The Fringe story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh International Festival. From there the event has snowballed, and in 2015 there were 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues.
The Edinburgh International Festival itself is an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for peoples of all nations. Committed to virtuosity and originality, the International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre.
The International Festival team travel the world in search of the most exciting and creative artists to bring unique collaborations, world premieres, new takes on classic works and critically acclaimed productions to entertain international audiences.
With a slightly different flavour, but no less impressive, Edinburgh also hosts The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The talents of musicians and performers come from every corner of the globe and Tattoo has been televised in more than 40 countries. An annual television audience of 100 million watches the coverage worldwide in this annual celebration of music and entertainment.
If you’re heading to Edinburgh to watch any of these spectacles, you’ll do well to remember one thing:
“In Scotland, there is no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothes” Billy Connelly
And as ever, if you do get caught out in any inclement weather, Jeeves will be on standby to ensure your outfits will be as ‘right