Just in: Edinburgh Festival will play outdoors only

Just in: Edinburgh Festival will play outdoors only


norman lebrecht

April 13, 2021

The international event will return from 7 to 29 August, but with shorter shows, no intervals, and all performances either outdoors or in specially constructed marquees.

The full official programme will be rolled out on June 2.

No word yet on the Fringe.



  • Hugh Kerr says:

    I only hope the weather stays good in Edinburgh in August but I do recall the words of Michael Billington “ Edinburgh is the only place I know where it rains sideways! “ Still there is the offer of free streaming for some performances so there may be a stay at home effect,

    • Rogerio says:

      Another reason to stay at home is that the Pipes are like multi-barreled, Covid-spreading machine guns. Especially when the wind blows sideways.

    • Maria says:

      We get horizontal rain in Yorkshire as well! Having lived in Gkasgkwvfirvtwo years in Scottish Opera, it can certainly rain in Scotland too, particularly in August like Salzburg. Where you get mountains, you get even more rain!