The Herald launched its first Edinburgh Festivals awards in 1995 and the Herald Angels are presented each August at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, which has become our partner in the awards this year.

At the end of each week an invited guest presents the treasured trophies to recognise excellence in Edinburgh’s cultural feast wherever our critics have found it, with the Angels joined most weeks by a supreme Archangel award to someone who has made a sustained and valued contribution over a number of years. There is also often a Little Devil award, presented to those who have overcome any manner of setback to produce the goods and confirm the old adage that “the show must go on”.

The most recent addition to the Herald Angel family is the Wee Cherub, which goes to the writer of the best review of an Edinburgh International Festival show written by an Edinburgh school pupil participating in The Herald Young Critics Project with the EIF’s learning department.

The 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe sees the Herald Angels return to the Festival Theatre and the winners will revealed each week in print and online.
Brian Loudon, Director of Operations, Festival and King’s Theatres, said: ‘The Festival Theatre is delighted to support the return of The Herald Angel Awards. The awards play a vital role in acknowledging the breadth and scale of the amazing creative talent that assembles in Edinburgh every summer and it’s an honour to host the Herald Angels here.’

For more information about the awards contact Herald arts editor Keith Bruce on 0141 302 7019 or keith.bruce@theherald.co.uk