Every year, the people of Amsterdam and three other Dutch cities play host to De Parade, a touring theatrical extravaganza involving numerous companies, twenty tents and 7S performers. For the first time, this movable feast comes to Edinburgh. It will pitch camp at Graffiti for eleven days to perform 'greatest hits’ of De Parade under the name The Amsterdam Parade. Among the shows are Bingol, by De Gebroeders Flint (pictured), four shows by music-theatre company Orkater and The Living Jukebox, at which you can request your favourite live songs. But don’t pay for your partner it‘s a Dutch treat. (Andrew Burnet).

The Amsterdam Parade (Fringe) Graffiti (Venue 90) 557 8330, 21—37 Aug, times and prices vary.

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Nick Cave

Once better known for his vein-popping off- stage crises than for his frequently astonishing music, Nick Cave has become tinged with something approaching respectability of late. His haunting album, The Boatman Calls has confirmed Cave as the new Tom Waits, and he'll almost certainly be playing material from it in the course of his two solo performances at the Queen's Hall. Audiences can expect a mix of spoken word, piano-led songs and a possible collaboration with incredible Australian instrumentalists, The Dirty Three. Apart from the nature of the set, the big question is whether Cave will hang around Edinburgh for the gig by former collaborator and paramour Polly Harvey, the inspiration for his songs ‘Black Hair' and 'West Country Girl'. (Peter Ross)

Nick Cave (Fringe) Flux at the Queen ’5 Hall (Venue 72) 668 2019/667 7776, 21 & 22 Aug, 8pm, £12.50.