|ntrodUction The List’s Guide to the 1999 Edinburgh Festival

Welcome to the last 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 major festivals, all taking place in August. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, running officially until 30 August, although some

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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. FILM, MUSIC, CLUBS, BOOKS and ART Each of these rs covered in a separate section,

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which you can find after the time-band sections, The Club and Art sections include full listings as well as revrews and prevrews.

REVIEWS AND PREVIEWS Events that we have revrewed are assessed for quality and given one-to-five stars according to how good our Critic thinks they are, Our prevrews highlight events which we have not been able to revrew before the Festival, but which we think Will be worth seeing. Prevrews are not given a star rating.

HIT LISTS The first page in each section includes our main recommendations for

shows end later. The Edinburgh International Festival continues until 4 September, but the Film Festival and the Book Festival end on 29 and 30 August respectively.

Other events we'll be casting our expert eyes over include the Flux Festival of contemporary music (part of the Fringe) and Planet Pop, an independent rock and pop festival. We’ve also got details on the exhibitions at all of the city's art galleries.

Enjoy . . .

on a first come, first served basis See page 21 for full details

FESTIVAL LISTINGS SUPPLEMENT Inside this issue, y0u’ll find a comprehensive, pull-out gurde to every event taking place during the week. TICKETS 8: INFORMATION Essential phone numbers and details of all the practicalities you need to know can be fOund on pages 2 and 3 of the Festival Listings supplement CITY MAP A COIOur map of central Edinburgh, wrth venues clearly marked, IS published on pages 38 and 39 of the Festival Listings supplement.

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FREE TICKET OFFERS We have seCured a supply of free tickets to see certain recommended shows. Readers can claim these

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