The Edinburgh Festival 2021

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A streamlined Edinburgh Festival was staged in August 2021 with COVID regulations still having an impact on the cultural industries across the world.

Over 670 shows took place – in person and online – as part of the Edinburgh Fringe across the month, while the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival all staged streamlined editions. The Edinburgh International Film Festival also returned to an August slot for the first time in many years.

ThreeWeeks recommended and reviewed plenty of shows during the festival month and interviewed a number of the people involved in making it happen.



Sacred Arts Festival At St Vincent’s: Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet For The End Of Time (Calum Robertson, director and clarinet)
When Judas Met John (Brothers Broke)
One-Hand Piano (Stefan Warzycki)
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (Los Rivax Project)
Metamorphosis (Hijinx)
Cathedral Choir Concert: Fauré Requiem (St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral Choir)
Tom Mayhew: From Rags to Slightly Newer Rags
Leo Kearse: Cancel Culture (Leo Kearse)
Paul Currie: Teet
Paul Currie: Teet17 August 2021

Through Bush, Through Briar (Achy Bits Productions)
Hip-Hop Orchestra Experience (Ensemble Mik Nawooj)
The Carole King And James Taylor Story (Night Owl Shows)
Sounds On Saturday – Organ Colours 4 (Jordan English)
Meet Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking (Wizard Presents)
Comedy Club 4 Kids
Comedy Club 4 Kids17 August 2021

Just These Please: No Worries If Not (Just These Please)
The Big Birthday Show with Magic Gareth (Magic Gareth)
The Garden Of Delights (Theatre Alba)
Neu! Reekie! (Neu! Reekie!)
Pashyanti On Guitar (Simon Thacker)
C*nt (Becky Fury)
C*nt (Becky Fury)13 August 2021

Vignettes Of A Pestilence (Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg)
Charlie’s A Clepto (Axis Ballymun and Dublin Port Company)
Sugar (Mabel Thomas)
Sugar (Mabel Thomas)13 August 2021

Cash Point Meet by Niamh Murphy (Obstreperous Young Ladies)
Sweet FA (This Is My Story Productions)
Deserted Shores / Negative Photographs (GalataPerform)
How Do You Know You Are Home? (Aliki Tsakoumi)
Call Me Elizabeth (Kayla Boye)
Funbox: Back At The Fringe (DH Productions)
You Choose (Nonsense Room Productions)
El Greco Of Hornsey (Olga Thompson)
Music, Poetry & Silence For Healing At Greyfriars
Laurel Canyon Legends (Night Owl Shows)
Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years (Bookends)
Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts – Free (St Mary’s Cathedral)