Pre-festival stuff 2016

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

Edinburgh International Festival

Fergus Linehan announced the full details of the programme for the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival on Wednesday 6th April, 2016. 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 Guardian, BBC NewsWhatsonstage.com and The Scotsman.

What the Scotsman critics say appeared soon afterwards.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

HelpinchoosingFringeshowsThe 2016 Fringe programme was launched on Wednesday 8th June. The detailed, and very useful launch document can be found here.

Immediate articles on the launch can be found in various places, including The Guardian, The Stage and Chortle.

The Traverse programme and the Summerhall programme had already been announced.

Made in Scotland is a curated showcase of Scottish performance on the Edinburgh Fringe. It is supported through the Scottish Government’s Expo Fund. The 2016 showcase features 19 dance, music and theatre shows.

Lyn Gardner’s thoughts on this year’s festival in The Guardian are always a must for any serious punter who is looking for some clues in what to go and see among the 3,000+ shows on offer.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Book Festival programme for 2016 was launched on Thursday 9th June, 2016. The press release can be found here. See the website for full details of what’s on.

Initial articles on the launch can be found on various media websites, including The Guardian, BBC News and The Skinny.

The Edinburgh Art Festival

Elements of the programme for the 2016 festival was announced on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016. Details can be found on the festival’s website. The full programme will be announced in May.

Articles on the festival launch can be found in The Skinny, The Art Newspaper, The List and The Scotsman.

The Edinburgh International Magic Festival

The programme for the 2016 festival was launched on Thursday 21st April, 2016. See the website for details plus articles in The List and the Edinburgh Evening News.

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

The programme for the 2016 festival was launched on Thursday 5th May, 2016. See the website for full details of the programme. There is an initial article on the launch in the Edinburgh Evening News.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival

After many pre-announcements the full programme was finally launched on Wednesday 25th May, 2016. See the website for full details. Initial articles in the media can be found in The Skinny, STV News and The Scotsman.

Recommendations from critics and others

I will place selected links here as they appear until early August.

Lyn Gardner’s initial thoughts on this year’s festival in The Guardian

Brian Logan’s initial thoughts on the comedy shows in The Guardian

The Stage – “Our critics’ first picks”

Matt Trueman’s ten picks in Whatsonstage.com

Lyn Gardner’s “21 unmissable shows for kids and their families”.

Best magic shows at the Fringe in The List.

Top 25 to watch 2016 in The List.

15 sure-fire Edinburgh festival hits in The Guardian.

50 best shows to see in The Telegraph.

Various articles on highlights of the Edinburgh International Festival are scattered about in the culture section of The Scotsman.

Best shows to see at the Edinburgh International Festival in The List.

The Skinny’s Edinburgh Festival top 5s.