The Edinburgh International Festival is more than fifty years old and has earned its reputation as one of the world's greatest celebrations of the arts.
It was founded in 1947 and is now recognized as one of the most important celebrations of the arts in the world.
The founders of the Festival believed that the Festival programs should be of the highest possible artistic standard presented by the best artists in the world, that the Festival should enliven and enrich the cultural life of Europe, Britain and Scotland and that it should provide a period of flowering of the human spirit.
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh Festival: Fringe
Celtic Connections is a music festival of international standing and reputation and will soon be celebrating its 10th anniversary.
With a clear and growing interest throughout the world in Scottish music and celtic culture in general, Glasgow's festival is recognized not only as the premiere celtic festival in the United Kingdom but also as an important global event. With 80,000 attendances last year alone, Celtic Connections attracts visitors from throughout the world and affirms Glasgow's place on the cultural map.
The festival comprises performances from big name artists as well as providing a showcase for new talent. These world class events take place in venues across the city. Celtic Connections is also a social and interactive event that provokes discussion, informs participants and initiates cultural exchange across the city in communities and schools. At the very heart of the festival is the Celtic Connections Education Program. Last year 12,000 attended or participated in the program during the festival alone.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo
From its early days, the Edinburgh Tattoo has been an international favorite. Performers from 30 countries have presented here, and around 35% of the 217,000 audience each year are from overseas.
The Royal National Mod
The Royal National Mod is Scotland's premier Gaelic festival of the Gaelic language, arts and culture and is held annually in October at a different location in Scotland. The Mod is a competition-based festival which celebrates the Gaelic language and culture through music, dance, drama, arts and literature.