Throughout August, Edinburgh is transformed into a hub of entertainment, where parades, shows, plays and a variety of other performances occur every single day. There is actually not just one festival, but several that take place simultaneously.
The initial festival, known as the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) was established in a post-war effort to “provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit”, but since then lots of other organisations and theatrical companies have set up their own festivals to run alongside it, the biggest of which is known as the ‘Edinburgh Festival Fringe’.
The Edinburgh festival (the Fringe festival especially) has proved an important platform for many of today’s best known performers, comedians in particular, and has propelled many ‘unknowns’ to stardom.
Edinburgh is a lively city that is brimming with entertainment at the best of times, but August really is a fantastic time to visit, or study in the city. It will ensure that you get not just a taste, but an in depth insight into the UK arts and culture scene.