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All eyes on the world's biggest arts gala

Edinburgh is set to take centre stage for the annual celebration of musical, stage and literary talent

If you like your arts a touch on the bohemian side, there is more to the Edinburgh Fringe than theatre, books, music, film, opera, ballet and art.

Everything from flamenco, sing-along and circus skills to ceilidh, comedy and practical magic will cater for children - and parents - with an adventurous streak.

Children's comedian James Campbell is back again due to popular demand with his much-loved Comedy 4 Kids, but with only five performances, tickets will be like gold dust. In order to pre-empt hysteria and disappointment, Campbell has also written "a very silly play about very silly words" which he promises "children between 6 and 96 will love". Fat Cat Productions presents Onomatopoeia Society at the Gilded Balloon Teviot until August 28.

For children happy to endure bellyache induced by abdominal exercise rather than laughter, the 2 Faced Dance Company is holding breakdance workshops at The Zoo in The Pleasance. Anyone aged 6 and older can learn how to pop, lock, break and spin on their head "to the best in old and new skool tunes".

London's leading youth circus team, Albert and Friends, are presenting their "A" Team's Festival Circus Camp at Bonaly Outdoor Centre, giving daily training in circus skills as well as week-long residencies, for children aged 8 to 14.

And for magic fans out there, Sparkie and friends invite anyone under the age of 12 to join them for a fun-filled term at wizard school in Practical Magic's comedy adventure Sparkie's Wizard School - The Magic Ring, at the Radisson SAS Hotel in the High Street. It may not be Harry Potter, but excitement, music and laughter are apparently guaranteed.

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