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Edinburgh Festivals Close With Spectacular Finale

September 4, 2007

Edinburgh's Spectacular Fireworks DisplayLast Monday saw the Edinburgh Fringe Festival close for another year. With a staggering 1,697,293 tickets sold, up 10.8% on last year, the Fringe festival is a beacon for the entire package of festivals that Edinburgh has become synonymous for.

Further statistics released by the Fringe’s Press Office yesterday illustrated an increase in 40% of sales made through the e-Ticket Tent, and the use of the Half-Price Hut was also up 47% from 2006. An incredible 31,000 performances from 2,050 shows were staged in 250 venues, featuring an estimated 18,626 performers.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival also had another superb year, with over 200,000 visitors to Charlotte Square and more than half of its events selling out completely, with 80% of all available tickets being sold.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival, the longest continually running film festival in the world, announced a date shift next year, when it is to move from August to late June, allowing it to benefit from not having to compete with all the other simultaneous festivals that run during August.

The Edinburgh Tattoo sold out entirely again, as it has done now for several years in a row, and is fully expected to do so once again next year. Tickets for the Tattoo, which go on sale on 1st December, are usually sold out by February.

The fourth Edinburgh Art Festival came to a conclusion over the weekend, as did the Edinburgh International Festival, which finished on Sunday evening bringing to a conclusion and extensive programme of music, opera and events.

Each year the International Festival stages the Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert to bring down the curtain on the entire festival season. Clark Rundell led the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Prince Street Gardens through a selection of American music by Bernstein, Gershwin, Barber, Ives and Copland to a synchronised 45-minute display of more than 100,000 fireworks against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and a quarter of a million onlookers.

Edinburgh’s 2008 festival dates
International Book Festival will run from 9th to the 25th August, 2008.
Fringe Festival will run from 3rd to the 25th August, 2008.
International Festival will run from 8th to the 31st August, 2008.
International Film Festival will run from 18th to 29th June, 2008.
Art Festival will run from 8th to the 31st August, 2008.

~ Colin Galbraith ~

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