lfyou'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.
CREDIT CARD BOOKINGS
I International Festival 031 225 5756. I Festival Fringe 031 226 5138.
I Assembly Rooms 031 226 2428.
I Fringe Club 031 650 4673.
I Gilded Balloon 031 226 2151.
I Gilded Balloon II 031 225 6520.
I Pleasance 031 556 6550.
I Gueen’s Ila1103l 667 7776.
I Traverse Theatre 031 228 1404.
I Film Festival 031 229 2550.
(For Cameo screenings 031 221 9898.) I Military Tattoo 031 225 1188.
I Theatre Workshop 031 226 5425.
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. 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 ofﬁce in the Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. 031 226 2428.
ilaii price tickets on the day of the performance I—Spm at the Festival Box Ofﬁce in Market Street. maximum two seats per event per customer.
Counter and postal bookings for most Fringe shows from the Fringe Ofﬁce. 180 High Street. Edinburgh. EH1 103. 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 11am—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. Ham—midnight all week from East Laneway beside Assembly Rooms.
I Fringe Club Teviot Row, Bristo Square. 1031 226 5138 (day), 031 650 4673 (night). 7pm till late seven days a week. I Gilded Balloon 233—237 Cowgate. 031 .226 2151. 10am—lam.
i Gilded Balloon II Stepping Stones
1 Theatre, 112 West Bow. 031 225 6520. lOam—lam.
: Pleasance 60 The Pleasance. 556
! 6550.1 lam—midnight.
Oueen’s Hall Clerk Street. 668 2019.
Traverse Theatre Cambridge Street. ;031 228 1404. 10am—midnight all week iexcept Mon 10am—8pm.
1 FILM FESTIVAL
1 Counter and postal bookings from the Filmhouse. 88 Lothian Road. 031 228
2688. Box Ofﬁce open 8.30am—9.15pm , seven days a week. Tickets for screenings at the Cameo from the Cameo. 38 Home Street. 031 228 4141. Box Ofﬁce open 10am—1 1pm seven days a week.
Counter and postal bookings from the Military Tattoo Box Ofﬁce. 31 Waverley Bridge. 031 225 1188. Open Mon-Fri [Darn—9pm;
MILITARY TATTOO V
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 lOam—Spm.
I Festival Fringe l4 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 105,031 226 5257/5259. Open all week 10am—7pm.
I lirambule 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 1 Sept, 10.30pm. This is a must. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform various classical pieces at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens while a spectacular ﬁreworks display explodes over the castle. Most of Edinburgh and its visitors crowd onto 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. 031 225 1188. Open Mon—Fri 10am—9pm;
. N Funny Man, a ﬁlm by Simon Spracking, Cameo 1, Fri 26 Aug. 10.45pm. £6 (£4).
2 The List 26 August—8 September 1994