Welcome Canada @ Edinburgh!
Canada House returns to Edinburgh in support of creative Canadian talents participating in the various festivals taking place in the Scottish capital throughout August. Events include comedy, music, theatre performances, exhibitions and much more. Find out more below!
In partnership with Summerhall, the award-winning CanadaHub will return to King’s Hall for its third edition, presenting a range of UK premieres. Be sure to pop into the hub for shows and a break in the beer garden to meet some of Canada’s great talent as they take to the stages of the world’s greatest festival city.
New to the Edinburgh Festivals this year, is the Indigenous Contemporary Scene – ‘a nomadic platform for the presentation of live arts by Indigenous artists.’ In addition to the various performances taking place, Canada House will host ‘Pitch my Piece’, a great professional development and networking opportunity, where Canadian performing artists will pitch new projects to international industry contacts.
Be sure to discover what Canada has to offer in Edinburgh across festivals and venues. Check out the listings below!
Edinburgh Art Festival
Since 2004, the Edinburgh Art Festival has been a dedicated platform for the celebration of visual art during the city’s August festivals. Organised in partnership with galleries, museums and artist-managed spaces across the capital, the festival brings together leading artists from around the world, alongside emerging talent and newly-commissioned artworks.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The largest arts festival in the world covers the whole spectrum of the arts, including exhibitions, events and street performances, ranging from music to theatre and everything in between.
Edinburgh International Festival
The Edinburgh International Festival is renowned for its dedication to world-class theatre, music, opera and dance, having invited some of the finest creators and performers to the city annually for over 70 years. This year’s programme is no different, with a range of vibrant and innovative acts making their way to audiences throughout the month of August.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s (RCMP) Pipes & Drums are performing at this year’s Military Tattoo and will present a national programme compromised of eight bands from cities across Canada. The RCMP’s Pipes & Drums include serving and retired members of the Force, employees and citizen volunteers. The Band is under the direction of Pipe Major Graeme Ogilvie and Drum Major Brad Hampson.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
This year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival invites audiences to consider seismic changes in 21st century society, including the impact of technology; the collapse of trust in who’s telling the truth; and the increasing dominance of certain languages at the expense of others. Expect a wide range of talks, debates, workshops and readings in Charlotte Square Gardens, as well as events on George Street.
The High Commission of Canada in the UK is very grateful to our partner, the Canada Council for the Arts generous support in helping us share with you the diverse Canadian talent of over 80 artists/companies that will be in Edinburgh this summer. Special thanks also go to the Department of Canadian Heritage, Global Affairs Canada, Ontario Presents, CAPACOA, the Creation Fund at the National Arts Centre, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, the Ontario Arts Council and British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for their support in the realization of a broad and diverse programme of public and professional development activities taking place in Edinburgh.