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Edinburgh Film Festival is Back in 2023: Entertainment Available at the Event

The festival will run Fri, Aug 18, 2023 - Wed, Aug 23, 2023
Last year’s EIFF was considered a last hurrah by many after the Centre for The Moving Image went into administration in October 2022. They ran the festival, so it was assumed that 2022’s 75th festival was the last.
However, it’s been announced that the EIFF is back, though at a smaller scale and alongside other entertainment in the more generalised Edinburgh International Festival. While programme specifics aren’t out yet, there’s a lot going on in Edinburgh at the same time. We’ve gathered them below.

Bring Your Phone

First, before getting to the festival itself, your most reliable source of entertainment and information is the phone in your hands. More specifically, a working internet connection through it. It’s hard to get lost when you have a GPS device in your pocket, too.
When you have downtime between festival events, you can access a lot of services that can keep yourself occupied. This includes streaming service apps, so it’s possible to watch all kinds of entertaining shows no matter where you’re staying. In Britain, betting is also a popular form of entertainment and there are many outlets where one can play online slots for real money, with a wide variety of themed games available.
The Edinburgh festivals span three weeks, so there’s bound to be some downtime where a phone or laptop by your side can keep you entertained. As for what kind of entertainment is available at these festivals, check out our summary below.

The Edinburgh International Festival

If you’re not familiar with the Edinburgh International Festival, it’s three weeks of music and performing arts celebrations typically held in August, as it will be this year. After a successful 2022, the film festival lost its hosts and is coming back for a one-off this year as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Historically, the world’s oldest continuing film festival went on for one of those weeks and will be on for five days for this event.
This means any extended stayers in Edinburgh will have a lot of distractions. Edinburgh International mainly prides itself on classical arts including opera and ballet, though gradually expanded to include paintings and visual arts as well. It’s often where works in the art world have their world premieres.
Ironically, some of the biggest contributions of the International festival comes from the other festivals that came from it, which have since become popular with wider audiences.

Competing Festivals

If you’d believe it, the Edinburgh International Festival isn’t the only big festival happening during those last three weeks of August. It’s when the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festivals happen, two distinct events that compete and even outdo the standard festival in some ways. Together, they all makeup Edinburgh’s summer festival season.
The Fringe needs no introduction, having become one of the biggest arts festivals despite starting literally on the fringe of the Edinburgh International. It’s particularly famous for its comedy and the handing out of Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Naturally, there’s a lot of comedy stand-up.
Then the Edinburgh book festival bills itself as the largest of its kind in the world. Given its literary fascination, it hosts a lot of cultural and political debates with authors. If you’re there as an avid moviegoer, the festival has hosted authors in the past whose work has been adapted into motion pictures.
It's fortunate that the historic but suffering film festival exists within one of Britain's (and the world's) largest weeks-long arts extravaganzas, where there's no shortage of entertainment on tap. If this year's mini Edinburgh Film Festival is a success, it's more likely that it'll return in 2024 as its own event again.


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