By a "Royal Mile," Edinburgh, Scotland is the motherlode of all festivals. Playing host to a dozen internationally renowned festivals, the capital of the tartan-clad country doesn't shirk from its title of cultural and intellectual crown of Great Britain. In August itself, there are six simultaneously running festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival and the Edinburgh Mela.
One of the oldest festivals of its kind, the Edinburgh Festivals began with cerebral aims. In the aftermath of World War Two, as nations around the globe were recovering from awful devastation, the idea sprung from Edinburgh to foster the "flowering of the human spirit" by inviting artists from all ...
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