The first tranche of the 2012 Bank Of Scotland Herald Angel winners has been announced.

The awards, which date back to 1996, are judged by a panel of The Herald’s art critics and recognise outstanding achievement from performers, venues and backstage crew from the Edinburgh International Festival, The Jazz & Blues Festival, The Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In outstanding cases, the panel may award an ‘Archangel’ - the highest honour presented at the ceremony, while ‘little Devils’ are awarded to those who have overcome adversity, or in the true tradition of the festival, have demonstrated a 'show must go on' attitude.

This week has seen an Archangel handed out to The People Show 121: The Detective Story (Assembly George Square).

There were awards for Mies Julie (Assembly Hall), Assembly Roxy’s Russian Season, Rob Drummond’s Bullet Catch (Traverse), Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro! (Traverse), Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells for Two (Assembly George Square) and New Rope String Band (Famous Spiegeltent).

Square Peg Contemporary Circus’s Rime (Summerhall) was the winner of the Little Devil Award.

For information on all of the 2012 Award Winners, visit our 2012 Award Winners page which will be updated throughout August.