City of Festivals

It’s Festival season in Edinburgh. The Jazz and Blues Festival is already in full swing (pun intended) and the city is gearing up for the influx of visitors from around the world for the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe which start in August. Posters are going up, brochures and flyers are appearing in cafes and even the weather is teasing us with blue skies and sunshine warm enough to let us sit outside.

Sunday was the day of the Festival Carnival Parade (part of the Jazz and Blues Festival) in which musicians and dancers of Edinburgh’s community of mixed ethnicities, as well as visiting performers of music, dance, puppetry and circus from across the globe, take part in a cultural showcase along Edinburgh’s famous Princes street. The afternoon culminates in music and dance entertainment in Princes Street Gardens. It’s a colourful celebration with a real party atmosphere. I was performing with musicians from Edinburgh’s Chinese Community Orchestra in the gardens but managed to take a few snaps to give you a flavour of our day. 

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