Edinburgh – Infectiously Festive
The capital of Scotland has a lot on its plate when it comes to serving up festivals and attractions. These days Edinburgh is making a name for itself not just through its dedication to the arts, but also on the food stage.
It seems Edinburgh is on a roll in regards to scooping up restaurant awards, so Curry Capital contenders better keep an eye out.
In February this year, eight of the 14 accolades from the Scottish Curry Awards went to restaurants in Edinburgh. This included the Restaurant of the Year Award, as well as Most Innovative Restaurant, AND Indian Restaurant of the Year, which went to Mithas in Leith, just seven months after opening.
Festival World Leaders
There’s a reason many people around the world think of Edinburgh and immediately a festival springs to mind.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival with over 40,000 performances and more than 2,500 shows packed into 250 venues across the city. 2012 saw performers come from 47 different countries, with stages open to artists of all types – students to superstars.
The festival has helped establish the careers of many writers and performers, with members of the Monty Python appearing in student productions, as well as Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson.
Staying true to its reputation of knowing how to host a festival, throughout the year Edinburgh holds a festival for science, film, jazz and blues, an International festival, a Mela, and even a festival for storytelling.
Perhaps the most impersonated man in showbiz history, the Original James Bond, Sir Sean Connery was born in Edinburgh. But that’s an obvious one right… Perhaps many people aren’t aware that Alexander Graham Bell, the man credited with the invention of the telephone was also born and educated in Edinburgh.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling isn’t from Scotland, but she did complete Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone whilst in Edinburgh – no doubt inspired by the scenery.