Athens of the North

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Edinburgh Festival officially starts on the first Sunday of August (a week today), but you wouldn't believe it based on the number of people milling around the city centre and the various pieces of artwork and advertising that seem to have appeared over night. Personally I'm in two minds about the festival, a part of me (the prominent part at the moment) is incredibly excited about how much will be happening over the next few weeks, the shows, the people, the late licenses (clubs are open till 5am), the celebrity spotting...

On the other hand is the part of me that I suspect will rear it's ugly head over the next few weeks. The part of me that is aware of the fact the city's population literally doubles for a month of the year, the part that recognises the significant rise in crime, the part that wants to hit people on the back of the head because they suddenly stop walking along Princes St to stare at the castle (some of us have places to go!)

So, in the hope it will keep me from pushing any particularly annoying tourists in front of a bus, I'm gonna try and see it from their point of view. I'm going to introduce you all to the Edinburgh Festival, and pretend to be a tourist. 

Unfortunately, not much has started yet, but to kick everything off I have a couple of photos I have taken around the town in the past week. 

I spotted this new piece of art last week on Cockburn Street, unfortunately it only lasted three days before the council removed it so I am so glad I managed to see it before it disappeared. Slightly worryingly I think the model looks slightly like one of my ex-boyfriends... This isn't the first piece of guerilla art we have had in the city this year, but it is one of the most impressive.

And, not quite guerilla art, but maybe guerilla advertising, I could not resist grabbing this photo on the mound earlier in the week. Every year the council claims it is going to reduce the number of posters and flyers found around the city, and every year they fail.

I'll be taking more photos over the next few weeks of the city at its height and showing you some of my favourite spots and events over the next month.

I hope you are all having wonderful weekends, I'm off to spend the day pretending we aren't celebrating a friend's birthday - fun!

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  1. Roxxy Cambridge31 July 2011 at 15:51

    Holy crap, is that stairwell for real? Incredible!

  2. Those stairs are so impressive! The festival sounds so great :D xxxx

  3. I love the stairwell, so cool!!


  4. Omggg those stairs are super cool! I've just started my blog, please have a look when you can/ follow me. There should be some interesting posts on the way. Thanks x

  5. those stairs are so cool!!!!!! thank you so much for your comment, you are a very nice person. the festival sounds fun.

  6. I've never been to the Edinburgh festival but I'd love to go. I can also see how it would do your head in. Me and my mum were saying the other week at the races that when your somewhere really busy you just start hating people. I wouldn't advise pushing anyone infront of a bus though lol xxx

  7. oranges_and_apples2 August 2011 at 07:57

    That staircase was part of a massive campaign, I remember seeing the side wall of an entire office building plastered with six of these pictures (maybe that grey thing opposite the new art college annex?) and there was some sort of explanation, but I didn't read it and now most of them are gone so I'll never know. I suppose they were never meant to last that long. There's one in one of the closes that goes between cockburn street the royal mile that is almost intact still (or it was last week).

  8. Those stairs are so interesting- I've never seen anything like it!


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