September is now upon us, and the Fringe and Book
Festivals might be finished, but there’s still plenty of festival
fun to be had as you’ll find out below – plus lots more to keep you
entertained on a visit to Scotland’s inspiring capital. We’ve
brought you a small selection of what’s on in Edinburgh in
September and October, so feast your eyes on these highlights and
First on the radar this time round is the
Edinburgh Mela, which takes
place at Leith Links from 2-4 September. This mini-festival
celebrates the city’s rich ethnic diversity and features music,
dance and theatre, as well as food and fashion, and there are
plenty of children-friendly activities too.
Bringing the festival period to an end on 4
September is the ever-spectacular Edinburgh
International Festival Fireworks Concert. This year’s
performance by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra includes works by
Tchaikovsky and Borodin. Don’t worry if you can’t get your
hands on a ticket for Princes Street Gardens though, because
there’s a free family viewing area down at Inverleith Park.
Alternatively, just stick on the wireless, tune into Radio Forth
and find your own special vantage point to watch the show!
On the 24-25 September, you’ll be able to get
the chance to have a nosey around some of Edinburgh’s most
interesting buildings, as part of the 2011
Doors Open Day event. It promises to be the city’s biggest
ever, with more than 79 venues taking part, making it tough to
decide which ones to visit.
That same weekend Edinburgh also plays host to
2011 JKS World Karate Championships at the Royal Highland
Centre in Ingliston, which will be great entertainment - expect
plenty of black belts and Karate chops, naturally.
And finally, if come late October you’re
missing all that festival madness just a little too much, then
praise be, because the Edinburgh
International Storytelling Festival is in town from 21-30
October. The final line-up is currently being finalised, but this
year’s theme is An Island Odyssey and will celebrate the art of
storytelling – both traditional and contemporary – by exploring the
links between Scotland and it’s Islands and those in the
Mediterranean - don’t miss it.