Bringing together the Scottish capital’s leading art establishments,artist-run spaces and public-art commissions, the Edinburgh Art Festival attracts a massive 250,000 visitors each year. It is the UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art, many of the shows are free of charge, and the festival features an innovative programme of events. Founded in 2004, the event coincides with the popular Edinburgh Festival.

This year there are more than 40 exhibitions on offer. Among them is A New Vision at the Scottish National Gallery of Art, a major show that explores American Impressionism in the late 19th Century. Included are paintings by Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler, all of whom lived in Paris and were friends with the French Impressionists.