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2011 Edinburgh International Festival

12 Aug - 4 Sep 2011 (annual)

The Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) - now programmed by Jonathan Mills - is the original centerpiece of Edinburgh´s hotbed of artistic excellence every August. Around it cluster the Fringe, Military Tattoo, Jazz and Blues, Book and Edge festivals.

Festival 2011 celebrates the vibrant and diverse cultures of Asia with the finest artists from countries and regions including China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam joining others from around the world to explore our shared passions, all against the backdrop of Scotland's stunning capital city. So don't delay and start planning your trip today!

Visiting Edinburgh

About Edinburgh

Edinburgh is Scotland´s capital city and the world´s Festival City. During the peak festival period in summer, the population doubles as it plays host to hundreds of thousands of visitors and performers from all over the world. The huge range and number of artistic events, performances and exhibitions makes a trip to Edinburgh unforgettable.

Edinburgh´s unique natural landscape houses a mass of spectacular architecture. Calton Hill, with its panoramic views and unfinished acropolis, towers over the east end of Princes Street. To the south, Holyrood Park´s six hundred and fifty acres of parkland stretch from the new Scottish Parliament building towards the Palace of Holyrood House and on to Arthur´s Seat - a craggy, glacier-carved remnant of the city´s volcanic past.

At the top of the Royal Mile on another volcanic peak, stands Edinburgh Castle, with views across the whole city. Beside it is The Hub, home of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh is Scotland´s beautiful capital, known throughout the world as the Festival City. Visitors come to Edinburgh every year to experience the eight summer festivals´ which present a diverse variety of artists and events.

Edinburgh Festivals Daily Guide All the events, every day, in one handy guide. You´ll find the official Festivals listings guide at all Edinburgh International Festival venues.

China's Role in Edinburgh Festival

Episode 6:Edinburgh Book Festival offering quieter ambiance

The annual Edinburgh Art Festival is well underway, which has turned the Scotland´s capital into a sea of merriment and entertainment. But the Edinburgh Book Festival is also underway offering a quieter ambiance for some festival goers.

Episode 5:Ballet "Peony Pavilion" highlights Edinburgh Festival

Some of the Asian arts being performed at the Edinburgh International Festival is a ballet version of "Peony Pavilion."

Episode 4:Drama examines cultural identity

The Edinburgh Festival is in full swing in the Scottish capital featuring cultural talents from around the world. Among the record number of more than 2,500 shows at the Festival is one of Shanghai´s newest and most unusual artistic troupes.

Episode 3: China promotes tourism at Edinburgh Festival

Some of China´s prime tourist destinations have set up operations at the Edinburgh Festival -- the world´s largest arts gathering.

Episode 2:Chinese musical makes splash in Edinburgh

A Chinese musical set during the Tang dynasty has become the surprise sensation of the Edinburgh Festival, the world´s biggest arts event.