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Skinheads are an easy target in the fight against racism. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Blood Orange overplays Scottish far right at the Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has, over the years, developed a reputation as a hotbed for alternative, edgy, and controversial performance. Graham Main’s Blood Orange is no exception. The play is a seething…
Britten’s War Requiem was written to commemorate the bombing of Coventry Cathedral in World War II. PA Second World War collection

Why Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem still resounds today

The past may be a foreign country, but in terms of war, they do not do things differently there; death is death at any time and in any language. No other work in the Classical repertoire could be more…
The legend Stan Laurel lives on at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. PA/PA Archive

Stan Laurel returns home to Scotland for Fringe festival

Any show exploring the life of early film comedian Stan Laurel could be forgiven for focusing solely on Hollywood glitz and glamour. Across a film career that spanned some 34 years with his partner Oliver…
The many faces of Edinburgh’s festivals. <p&p>/Flickr

A tale of two festivals: the history of the Edinburgh Fringe

Today, Edinburgh is known around the world for its festivals. Indeed, the Edinburgh International Festival just sold over 13,000 tickets for its first weekend – a new record. But in 1947, when the festival…
Watching us, watching her: Exhibit B challenges audiences by recreating racism. Sofie Knijff/Third World Bunfight

Exhibit B puts people on display for Edinburgh International Festival

This year the Edinburgh International Festival is featuring Brett Bailey’s performance piece Exhibit B. Exhibit B presents thirteen living pictures, created with local African residents and asylum seekers…
With a few notable exceptions, the arts community is voting yes. Hugh Simmons

Scotland Decides ’14: why do artists want independence?

Edinburgh is about to undergo its annual transformation. The population more than doubles as Scotland’s capital plays host to a month-long arts extravaganza with performers, comedians, writers, artists…
Artist Alice Evans lies on the streets of Edinburgh, but she’s OK really. Danny Lawson/PA

Despite bad headlines, the arts in Britain aren’t dead yet

Playwright Mark Ravenhill’s provocative opening speech at this year’s Edinburgh Festival outlined a doomsday scenario where public funding for the arts disappeared and Britain descended into a cultural…

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