• Posted:Thursday, March 18, 2010
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Edinburgh Festival should be lots of fun
Can't decide where to go on holiday this year? Fancy going somewhere a little bit different? Here's a suggestion - why not book yourself a room in a hostel in Edinburgh over August and check out some of the sights and sounds of the Edinburgh International Festival?

I think that sounds like a capital idea, one that will ensure you have plenty of happy, beautiful memories to look back on and sigh over. According to the organisers of this year's extravaganza, this year is a "journey of discovery" that will take attendees through the "diverse contemporary cultures of North, Central and South America and Australasia".

Just what does that mean in practical terms? Well, apparently, artists from New England, California, Spain, Argentina, Samoa and many, many more places are converging on the event to give it a "distinctive feel", opening with El Nino by John Adams and finishing up three weeks later with the Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert.

An Australian opera - Bliss, based on the novel by Peter Carey - is being performed by Opera Australia for its premiere in Europe, while other debuts include Caledonia and flamenco work Quimeras. Not to be missed!

And if you're in Edinburgh in April then don't forget to check out the Science Festival that's going to be running between the 3rd and 17th, in particular the photography exhibition that's being held in St Andrew Square now. The Edinburgh Evening News brought this to my attention and it involves a series of massive wildlife pictures taken by Steve Bloom.

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