Pre-festival stuff 2015

Information on festival programme launches can be found here. In addition, links to critics’ recommendations are at the bottom of the page.

Edinburgh International Festival

Fergus Linehan announced the full details of his first Edinburgh International Festival on Wednesday 18th March, 2015. The programme brochure can be viewed online or downloaded in pdf format.

Initial articles on the launch were quickly available through various media outlets, including The List, The Guardian, EdinburghGuide.com,  The Edinburgh Reporter and The Stage.

Early feedback from the critics can be found in The Scotsman.

This punter’s view. The drama programme is strong this year. Antigone with Juliette Binoches, Complicite’s The Encounter and Robert Le Page’s 887 are all must-sees. In the dance programme Sylvie Guillem – Life in Progress and Lo Real are likely probabilities.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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The British Council Edinburgh Showcase takes place biennially. Details of the 2015 showcase which comprises 30 festival productions were announced in mid-May.

The Made in Scotland 2015 showcase was unveiled on May 20th. Made in Scotland is a curated showcase of Scottish performance on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, supported through the Scottish Government’s  Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. There are twenty one shows in this year’s showcase.

I make use of the information in both the British Council and Made in Scotland showcases to help me when deciding on which shows to see at the Fringe.

The so called “big four” (Pleasance, Assembly, Gilded Balloon and Underbelly) announced their 2015 programmes on May 19th. As I have said before .. being old school I will personally wait for the official Fringe launch which will take place June 4th. If you cannot wait you can find information on their joint programme brochure on this Underbelly page.

Summerhall announced its 2015 festival programme on May 19th.

Even the Traverse has given in to the temptation of announcing its programme prior to the official Fringe launch, albeit just by two days. The online brochure (issuu-based) can be viewed hereThom Dibdin in The Stage writes about the programme.

And finally! … it is June 4th, 2015, the date of the official launch of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme. My copy of the programme brochure dutifully arrived in the morning post, 435 pages and weighing in at just under 1.5 pounds (or 660 grams if you are metric). Early articles from the mainstream media include Lyn Gardner (The Guardian), The List, The Stage and The Scotsman.

Bella’s Festival Preview (added June 24th).

Edinburgh Art Festival

The 2015 festival programme was launched on Tuesday 24th March, 2015. See the website for full details.

Articles on the 2015 programme launch can be found in The List and The Edinburgh Reporter.

This punter’s view. I am slowly mulling over the programme. Two photography exhibitions appeal to me at the moment: Lee Miller and Picasso at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Bailey’s Stardust at the Scottish National Gallery.

The Edinburgh Art Festival announced details of its 2015 commissions programme in mid-May. An article on the programme can be found in Artlyst.

Edinburgh Magic Festival

The Cinderella of Edinburgh’s various festivals launched its 2015 programme on Wednesday 22nd April, 2015. I say Cinderella because the Festivals Edinburgh organisation does not recognise it, nor does The Scotsman tend to say very much about it even though it is now in its 6th year. All a bit bemusing!

The programme can be downloaded from here. Articles on the the launch can be found in The Edinburgh Reporter and stv.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

They have joined the “let’s stagger the launch” club. The first part of the programme was announced on Monday 20th April, 2015. The full launch will take place on Thursday 30th April, 2015. Articles on part 1 of the launch can be found in The List and The Edinburgh Reporter.

The full programme was dutifully announced. Details can be found here. A downloadable brochure was available on May 5th, and public booking will commence on the following day.

Forest Fringe

Initial news on Forest Fringe’s 2015 visit to Edinburgh can be found here.

The full programme was eventually announced on Monday 22nd June 2015.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Death by a thousand individual announcements mercifully came to an end on Wednesday May 27th, 2015 when the Edinburgh International Film Festival finally unveiled its full 2015 programme.

Early articles on the launch can be found in Screen InternationalThe Scotsman and BBC News.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

The unveiling of the Book Festival’s 2015 programme on Wednesday June 10th, 2015 is the final launch of this year’s summer festivals. The programme can be downloaded from the Book Festival website.

Articles on the launch can be found in The Guardian, The ListThe Scotsman and BBC News.

Recommendations from critics and others

I will add selected links here until early August.

10 comedy acts to watch (Brian Logan in The Guardian)

Bella’s Festival Preview (from theatre people in Scotland in BellaCaledonia).

14 highlights at the Edinburgh Art Festival (from The List).

Natasha Tripney’s Fringe highlights (in The Stage).

Fringe and EIF recommendations (Whatsonstage.com).

Edinburgh Festivals: Top 5 picks (The Skinny).

Edinburgh Fringe 2015 round up: the best of what’s on (Independent).

Fest preview guide (Festmag).

Edinburgh Art Festival 2015 review (Observer).

Edinburgh Fringe 2015 – 15 best shows (Lyn Gardner in The Guardian).

Poetry picks for Edinburgh Festival (The Skinny).