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Edinburgh has new history festival for St Andrews

Edinburgh is festival city in the summer with the biggest arts festival in the world but a new fetival this month aims to extend the festival season . Previously … Scotland’s History Festival is a two week celebration of Scotland’s history in the run up to St Andrew’s Day.

Over 200 events will take place in castles, pubs, museums, libraries and the Scottish Parliament. The new festival will be opened by Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Fiona Hyslop, on November 17 and run until November 30.

“We have treasure waiting to be rediscovered, from the joyous ribaldry of a 16th-century poetic slanging match to an exploration of the food and drink we’ve consumed over the centuries,” promises Susan Morrison, one of the directors of the festival.We have a huge historical canvas to clean and evaluate with the help of our brilliant historians, who can help us take a long, cool look at our past as we stand on the threshold of a turbulent, dramatic future.

Scotland’s history festival was created to bring our history out into the streets. We aim to bring the history made by Scotland’s people closer to Scotland’s people.”

From town planning to stripping and paper mills to the procurator fiscal, there are some surprising aspects of Scotland’s past being examined. Here are some of the events:

A Robert Louis Stevenson Evening, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, November 17
Author Ian Rankin and comedian Nigel Planer chat about their lifelong fascination with the writer Robert Louis Stevenson

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Spring festival in Edinburgh

The Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh is inspired by an ancient Celtic rite marking the fruition of spring and the arrival of summer. Festivities begin towards the end of April with a series of events including workshops, walking tours, seminars and exhibitions. The Festival is organised by volunteers of the Beltane Society, which has over 300 members. The 11,500 tickets for the main Fire Festival event usually sell out in advance.
Discover the origins of Beltane and its modern day relevance at a seminar. Guided walking tours visit medicinal herb gardens and historical sites from the Lothians’ pre-Christian past. Perfect the art of body painting or design a Celtic knot at a workshop. The event culminates with the Fire Festival on Calton Hill on the last night of April continuing into the early hours of May Day. pictures of Edinburgh The May Queen and the Green Man, a ubiquitous presence in Celtic mythology, light a bonfire to symbolise the renewal of the earth. Spring wallpapers