Smaller Edinburgh Festivals That Are Well Worth Exploring


There are a few things that make Edinburgh globally famous; one castle, one Royal Mile and countless festivals! Edinburgh has become well established as a festival city but when most people talk about being in Edinburgh during "the festival" they often forget there is much more than just the Fringe. Edinburgh has an action packed calendar of big name festivals focusing on everything from science to art, jazz and literature! While these are all certainly worth a visit, Edinburgh also plays host to plenty of small and unique festivals to bring you a new perspective and a change of pace from the overcrowded chaos of some of those large-scale events!
Hidden Door Festival. As well as enjoying the acts and performances, Edinburgh festivals are all about finding new places and nowhere brings unique spots to life more than the Hidden Door Festival. Using unusual or disused urban spaces as a platform for performances, the festival adds a great atmosphere to events and breathes new life into forgotten places. This year includes a variety of options including classic film screenings, dance performances, spoken word, theatre and art exhibitions based across the Leith Theatre and the former State Cinema.
Take One Action Film Festival. An environmental and social justice film festival, Take One Action is true to it's name - highlighting that even one action can make a change and showing audiences what that action could be. Screening films covering a wide range of issues such as climate change, gender inequality and the refugee crisis, this festival ensures there is always a space for discussions or related activities to help audiences get involved in the topics. Events take places in a number of venues across the capital as well as in Glasgow but make sure to keep a look out for the Wee Green Cinema too where people power is key to keeping the movie running with cycle-powered sustainable screenings!
Edinburgh International Magic Festival. Who doesn’t need a little more wonder in their lives? Since 2010, The International Magic Festival has been the UK’s largest magic festival and attracts performances from international and award wining magicians. Like all good festivals there is a variety of events across the week long schedule with solo and group acts across the city, kids events and a few free performances as well. In 2018 MagicFest also held the first ever Wizard World Gathering where suitability dressed wizards could party the night away with potions and other-worldly musical entertainment free from all those muggles.
Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival. If you know your Buxton from your Brouwerij Kees then this is the beer festival for you. Based in the former Crawford’s Biscuit factory, now a rather trendy arts space and venue, the Craft Beer Festival brings world renowned breweries together with street food and music acts. So if you love your craft beers or are just happy to enjoy a few, this one might be worth a look!