If you‘ve never been to the Festival before then it can be a bit daunting and extremely confusing. The Festival is. in fact. three festivals. or four every other year when the Book Festival makes an appearance. Along with these there are several other events. all running at the same time. In order to help you keep a tenuous grip on sanity here‘s a guide on how to find out about performances and where to buy tickets for them.


I International Festival 031 225 5756. I Festival Fringe 031 226 5138.

I Assentny Rooms 031 226 2428.

I Fringe Club 031 650 4673.

I Gilded Balloon 031 226 2 l 5 l.

I Gilded Balloon 11031 225 6520.

I Pleasance 031 556 6550.

I Traverse Theatre 031 228 1404.

I Film Festival 031 229 2550.

(For Cameo screenings 031 221 9898.) I Military Tattoo 031 225 l I88.


Counter and postal bookings from Edinburgh lntemational Festival Box Office. 21 Market Street. Edinburgh. EH1 18W. 225 5756. Open

Mon—Sat 9am—7pm; Sun 10am—5pm. NaII price tickets on the day of the performance 1-5pm at the Festival Box Office in Market Street. maximum two seats per event per customer. Any tickets unsold on the day of the performance will be available from the relevant venue one hour before curtain up. Tickets will also be on sale at the Ticketline ofiice in the Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street. 031 226 2428.



Counter and postal bookings for most Fringe shows from the Fringe Office. 180 High Street. Edinburgh. EH1 105. 031 226 5138. Open all week 10am—7pm. Ticket booth also at Waterstone‘s Booksellers. 83 George Street. 225 3436. Open Mon-Sat 10am—7pm; Sun 1 lam—6pm.

I KEY VENUES Some venues also have their own ticket facilities. Listed below are some of the most important. Assembly Rooms 54 George Street. 031 226 2428. l lam—midnight all week from East Laneway beside Assembly Rooms.

Fringe Club Teviot Row. Bristo Square. 031 226 5138 (day). 031 650 4673 (night). 7pm till late seven days a week. Gilded Balloon 233—237 Cowgate. 031 226 215 l. l()am—lam seven days a week.

Gilded Balloon II Stepping Stones Theatre. 1 12 West Bow. 031 225 6520. lOam—lam seven days a week.

i Pleasance 60 The Pleasance. 556 6550.1 lam—midnight seven days a


Traverse Theatre Cambridge Street.

l 031 228 1404. l()am—midnight all week } except Mon l()am—8pm.


Counter and postal bookings from the Filmhouse. 88 Lothian Road. ()31 228 2688. Box Office open 8.3()am—9.15pm j seven days a week. Tickets for


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screenings at the Cameo front the Cameo. 38 Home Street, ()31 228 4141. Box Office open l()am—l 1pm seven days a week.


' Counter and postal bookings from the Military Tattoo Box Office. 31 Waverley Bridge, ()31 225 1 188. Open Mon—Fri [Oath—9pm;

Sat 10am—10.3()pm.

I International Festival 14 Aug-3 Sept. This is the main festival which has the big names from the world of opera, dance. theatre and music. Free programme from Festival Box Office. 21 Market Street. Edinburgh. EH1 18W, 031 225 5756. Open Mon—Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 10am—5pm.

I Festival Fringe 14 Aug—3 Sept. This covers every conceivable type of performance from comedy. student groups. street theatre to straight drama and anything else you can imagine. not to mention a few you can‘t. Free programme. daily diary and information available from the Fringe Office, 180 High Street. Edinburgh. EH1 lQS. 031 226 5257/5259. Open all week lOam—7pm.

I Omboie Film Festival 13-28 Aug. Over 300 movies. more stars than the Milky Way (almost) and plenty of well lubricated post-film discussion. Free programme available from Film Festival Main Box Office. Filmhouse. 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh. EH3 982. 031 228 4051. Open all week 8.30am—9.15pm.

I Glenlivet Fireworks Concert Thurs I Sept. 10.30pm. This is a must. The

1 Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform various classical pieces at the Ross

i Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens

i while a spectacular fireworks display

: explodes over the castle. Most of

5 Edinburgh and its visitors crowd onto

5 Princes Street and The Mound. Some pay for seats and standing spaces in the Gardens but those tickets are now Sold Out.

I Military Tattoo Until 27 Aug. Extremely popular display of marching bands. acrobatic skills and massed military manoeuvres. information from Box Office. 31 Waverley Bridge. Edinburgh. ()31 225 1188. Open Mon—Fri l()am-9pm;

Sat l()am— 1 0.30pm.

I Fringe Sunday Sun 21 Aug, 1pm. It‘s at Holyrood Park. it‘s free and it‘s enormous. Highlights from the Fringe and Festive fun for all the family. information from the Fringe Office. 226 5257.

I Evening News Festival Cavalcade Sun 14 Aug. 2.30pm. The cavalcade moves off from Waterloo Place. samtas along Princes Street and ends up in the Grassmarket about two hours later.


Carin - Still/Hanging by the Mini Juggling Project at Venue 62, St Bride's Centre. 10 Orwell Terrace. 15-27 Aug, 6”. £5 (£3).

2 The List 12—18 August 1994