Edinburgh’s world famous festival season is about to begin.
As the city swells to twice its size with performers and arts lovers from around the world, the University once more plays its part.
The University is heavily involved in almost every festival - providing venues and participants.
Here is a brief overview of what it is up to this August.
Charlotte Square once more hosts the world’s largest celebration of the written word. Tucked amid the 750 events, the University will provide some of its most stimulating speakers and moments.
This relative new kid on the festival’s block is going from strength to strength.
It launches its first ever pavilion in St Andrew Square this year.
The University is hosting several exhibitions and events.
Housed in the Scottish Parliament, this festival will draw upon expertise and insight from University experts.
As part of the festival's focus on the Far East, Professor Natascha Gentz, head of Asian Studies and director of the Confucius Institute will chair a talk, Contemporary Chinese Thought.
The event features controversial Chinese intellectual Wang Hui, one of the students who protested at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Professor Gentz was also a great consultant for the festival. She helped source contributors for the Continental Shifts series.
With 43 different theatre and performance spaces in use, the University is the Fringe’s largest landlord.
Last year, nearly a million tickets were sold for performances in University buildings.
In a new development, the University’s Visitor Centre on Charles Street will sell Fringe tickets for the first time.
Founded after the 9/11 attacks to foster understanding between faiths, the festival has organised events with University’s Prince Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World.
While not strictly part of any single festival, Jungle City launches at the Royal Botanic Garden in mid August.
More than 100 life size animal sculptures will colonise the Gardens before moving out into the city in September.
Many will be sited at spots around the University. The aim is to raise £1 million for animal charities.
Photography: Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2010, courtesy the artist. Shanghai Peking Opera Group, courtesy Edinburgh International Festival.