|Fringe act, man does standing upside down|
This years festival followed the Commonwealth Games which was held in Glasgow where the buzz and excitement from the city transpired to the capital. Tourists visiting Scotland this year have been treated to sporting extravagance in a place where its known for its characteristic people. The slogan 'People Make Glasgow' was at the forefront of advertising the 20th Commonwealth Games. However the same could be said for the capital especially during the festival month. The Royal Mile is transformed into an outside stage where live acts and artistes perform in the historical thoroughfare that leads up to the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Scottish born artists, comedians and actors use the Edinburgh festival as their stomping ground to showcase their natural talents. The Assembly Rooms in George Street has served as one of the Fringe venues since 1981. The box office is located right across from the Georgian Building with outside bars perfect for a summer nights beverage. The Edinburgh International Festival invites acts from all over the World to perform music, dance, theatre and opera.
The highlights of this years festival have been: Schtick, a stand up comedy show by Londoner, John Kearns - who won the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award for his efforts. Playwright Rona Munro's, St James Plays trilogy, the first co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival. It has brought the Stewart Dynasty history back into the 21st century at a unique time for Scotland as the independence referendum approaches. It was through the Stewart dynasty that both the thrones of England and Scotland came to be united.
If you have missed out on all action this year don't worry - there's always next year.