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Conferences

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) is in the heart of the Edinburgh City Centre, just off Lothian Road to the west of Edinburgh Castle.

The 1200 seat auditorium can be transformed into 3 auditoria and the centre can offer banqueting for up to 850 people or 2000sqm of exhibition space.

Since opening in 1995 the EICC has welcomed more than 800,000 delegates to more than 2100 events. The building is owned by the City of Edinburgh Council and operates as an independent commercial venture.

Festive Events

During December, the city of Edinburgh gets properly into the festive spirit.
Edinburgh’s Christmas brings the spirit of Christmas to Princess Street Gardens, with outdoor ice skating and amusements with the back drop of Edinburgh Castle and the Princess Street Christmas lights.

Visitors to Edinburgh in December can also enjoy browsing the stalls in the Christmas Market or taking part in the Hogmanay celebrations on the 31st of December.

Edinburgh Festivals

Each year in August, the city of Edinburgh comes to life as the largest cultural event in the world comes to the city. The collection of festivals that take place in Edinburgh in August and early September include; The Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh Mela Festival and the International Storytelling Festival.

The Edinburgh Festivals attract acts from the performing arts from across the globe. Performers entertain the city with comedy, music, art and dance in over 260 venues across the city.

Six Nations

The Six nations Championship is an international rugby union competition in which England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales take part.

England and Scotland played the first rugby union international in 1871. After 12 years of occasional friendly matches between the teams, the inaugural Home International Championship, comprising England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales was played in 1883. France officially joined in 1910 having played in four tournaments up to that point, the championship was then referred to as the Five Nations. In 2000 Italy joined the tournament to make the championship the “Six Nations”.

In Scotland the rugby matches are hosted in the national stadium at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

Hogmanay

Each year, as part of the New Year’s celebrations, Edinburgh hosts a Hogmanay Street party in the city Centre. “Hogmanay” is the Scots word for the last day of the year and celebrations in Scotland’s capital have become world renown as one of the best New Year parties!

The street party is a ticketed event which takes place on Princess Street and celebrations open with a torchlight procession from Parliament Square to Calton Hill. Party goers are then entertained by a number of events including the “Concert in the Gardens”in Princess Gardens, “the keilidh” in Resolution Square, various DJs & performers and a spectacular fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle at Midnight.

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