Edinburgh Mela Festival 2018

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So, you may have thought August and festival season is over, but no, we’ve got the brilliant Edinburgh Mela festival keeping up the energy and bringing us delightfully into September ! Taking place over the weekend of 1st and 2nd September, the Mela promises to bring you a diverse programme of music and dance which incorporated local and international acts, representing a wealth of countries and continents, from India, Africa, China, and the Arab nations.

There will also be lots of great stalls, with food, clothing and much much more….

 

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Festival Fireworks…..2018

Edinburgh International Fireworks 2012 by Grant Ritchie: http://photosofedinburgh.wordpress.com/

All good things seem to come to an end, and sadly the festival season is finishing in the next few days…the fiery finale in the form of the  Fireworks Concert brings the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh’s summer festival season to a resplendent conclusion.

Set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic Castle, this event brings together stirring orchestral music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and magnificent pyrotechnics, specially choreographed by international fireworks artists, Pyrovision.

Over 400,000 fireworks launched from Edinburgh’s imposing Castle make this one of the biggest fireworks concerts in the world. Around a quarter of a million people gather across the city and beyond to share in this annual grand International Festival finale.

9.00 pm Concert starts with no fireworks
Bernstein 
Selection from Concert Suite No. 1 from West Side Story 

9.30 pm Second half with fireworks
Holst
 The Planets: Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Venus, Jupiter

Children are welcome in the gardens. Children under 5 are free but ticketed. Standard price tickets are available for children over that age.

You can enjoy the fireworks from other vantage points around the city though, including the links, Meadows and the various hills around Edinburgh too !!!

Portobello Big Beach Busk 2018

Image may contain: textSo, the festival is almost coming to an end…what better way to get out of town and relax by the sea and be reminded of all the homegrown Edinburgh talent we have!….the Portobello Big Beach Busk is back and is happening on Saturday 25th August..

The Big Beach busk is an opportunity for the prom to be filled with buskers of all varieties, and promises to be a colourful and musical affair !

25th August..from noon all along the prom..

 

 

Back by popular demand !…

The world’s stories have gone missing and the Bureau of Untold Stories are looking for some new detectives to help find them….we really enjoyed our visit – read more about it here :

After an incredible response from audiences and critics, and the overwhelming demand for new recruits wanting to join them,The Bureau Of Untold Stories will extend it’s run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe with an additional performance on Sunday the 26th of August at the Museum Of Childhood.

The Bureau Of Untold Stories sees inspectors Dexter Sharpe and Poppy Hasluck on the hunt for The Eraser, an elusive criminal mastermind guilty of stealing the world’s stories. But with outrageous accents, some unconventional storytelling skills, live sound effects, and YOUR help, The Bureau Of Untold Stories is going to get them back.

WHAT: The Bureau Of Untold Stories

WHEN: 13:00, Sunday, August 26, 2018
WHERE: 
The Museum Of Childhood
COST:
 Free

MORE INFO: www.brymoreproductions.com

See you there to help unravel the mystery !!

Second Week Highlights 2018

So, its been another whirlwind of a week at the festival, and it’s hard to keep up with some of the fab shows we’ve seen, we’ve also been back to the hot donut stall in Assembly Gardens, and enjoying the gelatos from the stall next door !!

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is now officially open and you can head down there to browse the wonderful children’s book store or to take part in some of the fantastic free arts and crafts activities they have in the Baillie Gifford StoryBox.

For more information on some of the shows we’ve seen this week, check out the reviews page , and our top tips from this week are :

David Baddiels’s AniMalcolm – We loved this musical ! Very slick, professional and hugely absorbing….Malcolm wakes on his 11th birthday and isn’t that impressed with his presents – Malcolm does not like animals and he’s very soon surrounded by them. This finishes tomorrow though – the 19th so best be quick !!

Denim : The Denim Juniors –Denim is the place to scream, dream, and become a queen. Five pop princesses celebrate the power of being yourself. For something spectacularly different and altogether fabulous, join Denim as they remind us all to be ourselves, sing loud and proud and add a lot of glitter and sparkle in the process…(Read our full review here). Again though one chance only to see this – it finishes on the 19th too….

The Amazing Bubble Man – He begins with smaller bubbles and works big before creating bubbles that rise to the ceiling, smoke filled bubbles, bubble sculptures and even fantastical hat creations. With added live music too to really bring the show together – get a good seat at the front and enjoy !!

The Gruffalo, The Witch and The Warthog with Julia Donaldson – This show captivates all of the magic of the books and much much more….the stories come to life on stage before us and is very much a family affair with Julia Donaldson herself, her husband, sister, and two friends. The well loved stories Room on the Broom, the Gruffalo and Superworm are enthusiastically shared, as are the newer, lesser known Magic Paintbrush and the Ugly Five.

And finally, for something a little different:

Shift – This stunning dance/physical theatre piece from Barely Methodical Troupe is flawless. It is bold, brave and blue ! Featuring an abundance of uses for an elastic band, the performers flip, jump, glide and slide across the stage. The accompanying musical soundtrack is awesome and as the boundaries are pushed from the stage into the audience, we are completely taken along on the playful journey….a thing of beauty.