Independent: Arts In-Depth at the Edinburgh Festivals

Discover Scotland’s cultural legacy as you enjoy a week of insider access at the Edinburgh Festivals with renowned producer and director Giles Ramsay.
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Program No. 21286RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

From street jugglers to high opera, international comedians to classic and cutting-edge theater, there is nowhere on earth as vibrant and stimulating as the Edinburgh Festival. The medieval city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Georgian New Town are star attractions in themselves with their twisting historic streets, graceful squares and award-winning modern architecture, but in August the circus truly comes to town with some 2,500 shows jostling for attention. Join independent theater producer and international director Giles Ramsay for unique insight into this one-of-a-kind event. With careful guidance, special guests and plenty of time to discover on your own, you’ll get the very best out of this summer’s festival.
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Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join independent theater producer, director and award-winning playwright Giles Ramsay for unique insights into the Festival, and attend four performances with Giles at the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals.
  • Hear "What's Hot and What's Not at the Festivals" by a leading Scottish arts critic and journalist.
  • Enjoy a farewell tasting of Scottish food and whisky in a beautiful, traditional Scottish venue.
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Giles Ramsay
Giles Ramsay is an independent theater director and producer who specializes in creating new work with artists in developing countries. He is the founding director of the charity Developing Artists, a fellow of St. Chad’s College, Durham University and course leader in theater at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has devised and instructed on Road Scholar programs since the early 1990's and has run theater projects in countries ranging from Kosovo to Zimbabwe.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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