Introduction The List’s Guide to the 1999 Edinburgh Festival

Welcome to the first of four special Festival issues of The List. As the only locally based publication entirely devoted to arts and entertainments, we are ideally placed to help you decide what to see. During the Festival, we publish weekly on Thursdays. The Edinburgh Festival includes several

Using The List

TOP TWENTY On page 4 we give Our hottest tips for the

very best Festival events taking

place this week When you're planning y0ur Festival, start here.

THEATRE, DANCE. COMEDY and KIDS To help your daily planning, our coverage of theatre, dance, comedy and kids' events Is dIVIded Into SIX time-bands, from 9am until late at night. Each section covers the most interesting shows in that time-band. MUSIC, CLUBS and ART Each of these is covered in a separate section, which you can find after the time-band sections, Our coverage of FILM and BOOKS Will begin next issue, to comcrde With


the start of the Film Festival and the Book FGSIIVaI, REVIEWS AND PREVIEWS ReViews by Our expert team of critics Will be published from next issue. Our preVIews highlight events which we


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have not been able to reVIew before the Festival, but which we think Will be worth seeing HIT LISTS The first page in each section includes Our main recommendations for that section.




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major festivals, all taking place in August. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, running officially from 8—30 August, although some shows begin earlier and/or end later. The Edinburgh International Festival, the Film Festival and the Book Festival begin in



the middle of August and are covered in our next three issues.

Other events we’ll be covering include the Flux Festival of contemporary music (part of

the Fringe), plus Planet Pop, an



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FREE TICKET OFFERS We have seCLired a supply of free tickets to see certain recommended shows Readers can claim these on a first come, first served basis, See pages 23 and 31 for full details

independent rock and pop festival, and the Edinburgh lvlilitary Tattoo. Enjoy . . .

FESTIVAL LISTINGS SUPPLEMENT Inside this issue yOLI'il find a comprehensive, pull-out guide to every event taking place during the week TICKETS & INFORMATION Full details of all the practicalities yOu need to know can be found on pages 2 Si 3 of the Festival Listings supplement CITY MAP A colour map of central Edinburgh, With venues clearly marked, is published on pages 38 and 39 of the Festival Listings supplement

EATING OUT GUIDE With this issue only, we're givuig away Our annual Festival Eating Out GUIde, which gives full details of places to eat around the city, including special opening hours during the Festival

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