Gilded Balloon 233—237 Cowgate, 0131 226 2151 (Box Office) 0131 226 6550 (Admin). Telephone sales will be taken on the administration number Mon—Fri 10am-6am (until 20 Jul). Telephone and counter sales are then daily 9am—1 am (20 Jul-28 Aug). Aside from the main venue, Gilded Balloon productions will run from Tailors Hall, GB at La Belle Angele, GB at The Peppermint Lounge, GB's Cave and GB at the Queen’s Hall. Tickets for all Gilded Ballon venues and events at Scotsman Assembly and The Pleasance are also sold here.

The Pleasance 60 Pleasance, 0131 556 6550. Telephone sales Mon—Fri 11am—6pm (until Wed 2 Aug); daily 10am—2am (Wed 2—Mon 28 Aug). Counter sales daily from Wed 2 Aug, 10am—2am (until Mon 28 Aug). Tickets for Gilded Balloon venues and Scotsman Assembly are also sold here.

CVenue 5 Chambers Street, 0131 225 5105. Open daily for booking in person 9am—midnight (from 29 Jul) and 9am—midnight for telephone sales (from 22 Jul).

Gateway Theatre Elm Row, Leith Walk, 0131 317 3939. Open daily during Festival 3pm—8pm.

Hill Street Theatre 19 Hill Street, 0131 226 6522. Open daily during Festival Ham—midnight.

Queen's Hall Clerk Street, 0131 668 2019 (credit card line 667 7776). Open Mon—Sat loam—5.30pm and on concert evenings until 15 mins after start of last performance. Open Sun from one hour before the performance. The Queen's Hall is the main box office for the Jazz and Blues Festival.

Switch2.net Garden Party East Princes Street Gardens, 0131 226 2151/0131 226 2428. Open during Festival IOam—midnight.

Traverse Theatre Cambridge Street, 0131 228 1404. Open Mon 10am—7pm, Tue—Sun loam—8.30pm (until Sun 27 Aug). All venues also sell tickets for their own shows shortly before performances begin.


Sun 6 Aug, 2.30pm, Princes Street. Introducing the Festival, this year’s Cavalcade promises to be the biggest yet with a host of assorted Fringe and community floats, numerous bands and lively street performers taking over Princes Street for the afternoon.


Sun 13 Aug, 11am—5pm at Holyrood Park. One of the highlights of the Fringe, this free, family-orientated event attracts every sort of performer, from mime artists to brass bands, as well as crowds of upwards of 150,000 people.


Sun 6 Aug—Tue 29 Aug at the Corn Exchange, Newmarket Road and the Liquid Room, Victoria Street. With Flux no longer running music events during the Festival period, the organisers behind Scotland’s biggest music festival, T in the Park, have stepped forward to bring us T on the Fringe. The impressive line-up includes big shows from Semisonic, Pulp and Ian Brown at the Corn Exchange and more intimate gigs from the likes of Grandaddy and Hobotalk, ldlewild, Doves, Dirty Three and Rae & Christian at the Liquid Room. Two shows are yet to be confirmed at time of going to press.

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For more information and to book tickets call the 24 hr hotline on 0141 339 8383. Tickets can be bought in person at Virgin (Buchanan St, Glasgow and Princes St, Edinburgh), the Fringe Box Office and the Corn Exchange (only for Corn Exchange shows).

Sun 13—Sun 27 Aug. The Film Festival, the longest continually running of its kind, screens hundreds of films each year, with several world premieres and celebrity appearances attracting huge audiences. This year’s retrospective is on Jewrsh emigre director Max Ophuls, and other highlights include Lars von Trier's new film Dancer In The Dark (a visit from its star, ijrk, is likely), the new Coen Brothers film, 0 Brother, Where Art Thou? starring George Clooney, the Mirrorball season and in their second year running, the ’Late Night Romps' will focus on East-Asian horror movies. Films are screened at: The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road; Cameo, 38 Home Street; Dominion, Newbattle Terrace; ABC, Lothian Road; Odeon, 7 Clerk Street; UGC Megaplex, Fountain Park, Dundee Street; The Lumiere, Royal Museum, Chambers Street; UCI, Kinnaird Park, Nrecraighall Road; and Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow.


Tickets for all films (except those at Glasgow Film Theatre) are available from Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, 0131 623 8030 (information: 0131 229 2550). The box office is open for telephone bookings daily noon-9pm (until Sat 12 Aug); daily 11am—9pm (Sun 13—Sun 27 Aug); and to personal callers daily noon—9pm (until Sat 12 Aug); daily 11am—9pm (Sun 13—Sun 27 Aug). This year there will also be a Satellite Box Office at The Hub, which will be open Mon—Sat 9am—9pm, Sun 10am—5pm (from Mon 7 Aug). On-line bookings are also available until Thu 10 Aug at wwwedfilmfestorguk. Tickets for screenings at the GET only available from that venue, in person or by calling 0141 332 8128.

Tickets for screenings at other Film Festival venues can also be bought (where available) on the door one hour before the screening begins.


Sat 12—Mon 28 Aug. The Edinburgh International Book Festival plays host to a plethora of book-related events, from authors of international repute to the


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best in new Scottish talent and features a separate programme of children's events. The Book Festival is held in a purpose-built, canvas village in Charlotte Square Gardens, at the west end of the city’s famous Georgian New Town. Open to everyone, access to the Gardens is free for the first time this year. Many events are free but ticketed (only available on the day of the event); and for most major author events specific tariffs are applied. Concessions and other special ticket offers apply.


Tickets for all Book Festival events are available from 0131 624 5050, Mon—Sat loam—5.30pm (until Mon 28 Aug). All credit card bookings are subject to £1 handling fee.

Tickets are also available in person from:

James Thin Booksellers 57 George Street. Open Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm (until Fri 11 Aug at 3.30pm).

Book Festival Charlotte Square Gardens. Open daily 9.30am—8pm (Sat 12—Mon 28 Aug). Tickets for later events are available at the door.


Fri 28 Jul-Sun 6 Aug. After celebrating its most successful programme last year, the Jazz 81 Blues Festival returns with another outstanding line-up including Louisiana Cajun king Dr John, harmonica legend Larry Adler and local sax player Martin Kershaw. Tickets for all concerts are available from the Queen’s Hall Box Office (0131 668 2019) and The Hub (0131 473 2000). Events will take place in a number of venues across the city and some tickets can be purchased on the door, depending on availabilty.


Fri 6—Sat 28 Aug. What started life as the Scottish forces contribution to the International Festival has now expanded to include military performers from throughout the world. Among this year’s highlights on the Castle Esplanade are the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Canadian Mounted Police, the Trinidad 81 Tobago Force Steel Band and the Zulu Dancers from South Africa.


Tickets are available by post, in person or by phone from the Tattoo Ticket Sales Office, 33—34 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 108, 0131 225 1188. Open Mon—Fri 10am-4.30pm (until Thu 5 Aug) Mon—Fri 10am—9pm; Sat loam—10.30pm (Thu 5—Sat 28 Aug).

Telephone booking


FRINGE 0131226 5138.

Scotsman Assembly: 0131 226 2428. Gilded Balloon: 0131 226 2151.

C Venue: 0131 225 5105.

Dynamic Earth: 0131 530 3557.

Hill St Theatre: 0131 226 6522. Pleasance: 0131 556 6550.

Queen’s Hall: 0131 667 77.76. Traverse Theatre: 0131 228 1404.

FILM FESTIVAL 0131 623 8030.

Cameo: 0131 228 4141. Glasgow Film Theatre: 0141 332 8128. UGC Megaplex: 0870 902 0417.

BOOK FESTIVAL 0131 624 5050.

MILITARY TATTOO 01312251188.

JAZZ 8: BLUES FESTIVAL 0131668 2019.


Umbrella home page for all Festivals wwwedinburghfestivalsco.uk

International Festival www.eif.co.uk

Ffinge wwwedfringecom

Fringe for Kids wwwedfringecom/kidshtml

Film Festival www.9dfilmfest.0rg.uk

Book Festival wwwedbookfestcouk

Jazz 81 Blues Festival wwwjazzmusiccouk Military Tattoo wwwedintattoocouk Scotsman Assembly wwwassemblyfestivalcom Gilded Balloon www.gilded-balloon.co.uk

C Venue wwatheFestivalcom

Pleasance wwwpleasancecouk

Traverse Theatre www.traverse.co.uk

Other useful numbers

Tourist Information (general) 0131 473 3800.

Tourist Info (accommodation) 0131473 3855.

Festival Beds 01312251101.

National Rail Enquiries 0845 7 48 49 50.

Lothian Regional Transport (Buses) 0131555 6363.

Edinburgh Taxis 0131228 2555/0131225 9000/0131 229 2468/01312281211.