The Edinburgh International Festival is the city's original and "official" summer festival. It brings top class performers of classical music, theatre, opera and dance from around the world to perform. Meanwhile, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival features some of the hottest and freshest musicians of this decade.
A spectacular performance to see, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a series of military drum performances by the British Armed Forces and other international military bands. It is performed throughout the festival month on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle and features bands, drill teams and gymnasts.
The Beltane Fire Festival, held on Calton Hill on 30th April, is a neo-pagan fertility ceremony. It is an enthralling evening filled with bonfires, striking body paint and incredible performances from dancers and acrobats - an event like no other!
Generally accepted as Scotland's best gallery for contemporary art, the Fruitmarket should not be missed. It was converted into a museum by architect Richard Murphy in 1992 and is conveniently located in the centre of town adjacent to Waverley Station. Visiting exhibits come from far and wide, with a healthy presence of Scottish artists. The Fruitmarket regularly showcases new talent, with regular talks and events. Enjoy the glass fronted cafe and bookshop. Admission is free.
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