Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival presents three weeks of the finest creators & performers from the worlds of the arts.

Edinburgh International Festival

About Edinburgh International Festival

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Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world's most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts - for everyone.

Edinburgh's six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe.

Upcoming Events at Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival:  Night Walk for Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Festival: Night Walk for Edinburgh

25th July 2019 - 25th August 2019
Discover an alternative, unseen Edinburgh. A city where memory and history collide, where the strange and the unexpected skew your sense of what is real.
Edinburgh International Festival: Peter Gynt

Edinburgh International Festival: Peter Gynt

1st August 2019 - 10th August 2019
Scottish star James McArdle takes the challenging title role in a raucous reboot of Ibsen’s epic play.
Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle

2nd August 2019
In this epic family friendly concert, LA Phil will celebrate the start of the 2019 International Festival in Tynecastle Park stadium with music from Star Wars, E.T. and many more!
Edinburgh International Festival: The Secret River

Edinburgh International Festival: The Secret River

2nd August 2019 - 11th August 2019
The Secret River is a shattering, astonishingly beautiful piece of contemporary theatre, one that speaks directly to a modern world riven by mistrust of the other.
Edinburgh International Festival - Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

Edinburgh International Festival - Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

2nd August 2019 - 5th August 2019
A dramatic meeting between two extraordinary artists, examining their intertwined histories, colonial legacies and the changing climate we all face.
Edinburgh International Festival: Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang

Edinburgh International Festival: Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang

3rd August 2019
The Berlin Philharmonic’s principal clarinettist and the Chinese piano sensation launch The Queen’s Hall series in spectacular style.
Edinburgh International Festival: La Reprise

Edinburgh International Festival: La Reprise

3rd August 2019 - 5th August 2019
Milo Rau constructs an uncompromising theatrical documentary around a savage killing that shocked Belgium.
Edinburgh International Festival: The Crucible

Edinburgh International Festival: The Crucible

3rd August 2019 - 5th August 2019
Based on the play by Arthur Miller, a brand-new narrative ballet, given its world premiere at the International Festival as one of the highlights of Scottish Ballet’s 50th anniversary year.
Edinburgh International Festival: 9

Edinburgh International Festival: 9

3rd August 2019 - 6th August 2019
Our senses allow us to apprehend the world around us. 9 brings them to vivid life through a bold journey of sensation. A work for families.
Edinburgh International Festival: Los Angeles Philharmonic 2

Edinburgh International Festival: Los Angeles Philharmonic 2

4th August 2019
The LA Phil bring their residency to a stirring conclusion with pieces by Barber, Tchaikovsky and John Adams.
Edinburgh International Festival: Beatrice Rana

Edinburgh International Festival: Beatrice Rana

5th August 2019
Beatrice Rana plays a sparkling programme of virtuoso piano showpieces by Chopin, Ravel & Stravinsky.
Edinburgh International Festival: West Side Story

Edinburgh International Festival: West Side Story

5th August 2019 - 6th August 2019
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra present West Side Story, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, at The Queen's Hall on 5th and 6th August.
Edinburgh International Festival: The Rosary Sonatas

Edinburgh International Festival: The Rosary Sonatas

6th August 2019
Rachel Podger explores one of the most extraordinary collections of music ever composed, Biber’s mystical Rosary Sonatas.
Edinburgh International Festival: Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason

Edinburgh International Festival: Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason

7th August 2019
The winner of 2016’s BBC Young Musician of the Year performs Debussy, Mendelssohn, Fauré and Lutoslawski at The Queen's Hall.
Edinburgh International Festival: Amadou & Mariam + Blind Boys of Alabama

Edinburgh International Festival: Amadou & Mariam + Blind Boys of Alabama

7th August 2019
Mali and the American South come together in this compelling collaboration between two of today’s greatest world music groups.
EIF: Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation

EIF: Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation

7th August 2019 - 25th August 2019
A new play telling the story of a man who, compensating for his own failure, manipulates a group of people to sit in a place together and believe in something that isn’t true.
Edinburgh International Festival: The Rosary Sonatas

Edinburgh International Festival: The Rosary Sonatas

8th August 2019
Rachel Podger explores one of the most extraordinary collections of music ever composed, Biber’s mystical Rosary Sonatas.
Edinburgh International Festival: Michael Volle & Helmut Deutsch

Edinburgh International Festival: Michael Volle & Helmut Deutsch

8th August 2019
The powerhouse German baritone performs a gloriously dramatic programme of Schubert, Mahler and Strauss on 8th August at The Queen's Hall and is joined by recital partner Helmut Deutsch!
Edinburgh International Festival: The Rosary Sonatas

Edinburgh International Festival: The Rosary Sonatas

9th August 2019
Rachel Podger explores one of the most extraordinary collections of music ever composed, Biber’s mystical Rosary Sonatas.
Edinburgh International Festival: Trisha Brown: In Plain Site

Edinburgh International Festival: Trisha Brown: In Plain Site

9th August 2019 - 11th August 2019
Trisha Brown: In Plain Site reconceives some of the US choreographer’s most striking short dance pieces in dynamic relationships with the enchanting landscape of Jupiter Artland.
Edinburgh International Festival: National Youth Orchestra of the USA

Edinburgh International Festival: National Youth Orchestra of the USA

9th August 2019
Joyce DiDonato joins the NYO USA at The Usher Hall for the sultry opulence of Berlioz’s six ravishing love songs.
Edinburgh International Festival: Kate Tempest

Edinburgh International Festival: Kate Tempest

9th August 2019
The poet, rapper, novelist and playwright makes her International Festival debut on 9th August at Leith Theatre.
Edinburgh International Festival: Shooglenifty

Edinburgh International Festival: Shooglenifty

9th August 2019
The Scottish Celtic fusion band bring a host of their international collaborators for a very special International Festival gig on 9th August at The Lyceum Theatre!
Edinburgh International Festival: Roots

Edinburgh International Festival: Roots

9th August 2019 - 25th August 2019
The graphically glorious 1927 return to the International Festival with the European premiere of brand-new show Roots.
Edinburgh International Festival: Llŷr Williams

Edinburgh International Festival: Llŷr Williams

9th August 2019
Commanding, provocative and fearlessly intelligent, remarkable Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams can dazzle and transport listeners with his astonishingly intense, captivating playing.
Edinburgh International Festival: Neneh Cherry

Edinburgh International Festival: Neneh Cherry

10th August 2019
Neneh Cherry, the Swedish singer, rapper and audacious 80s icon, makes her International Festival debut on 10th August!
Edinburgh International Festival: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

10th August 2019
Birth, life, struggles and triumphs: two immensely powerful reflections on our existence, performed by a celebrated International Festival music partnership.
Edinburgh International Festival: Anna Calvi

Edinburgh International Festival: Anna Calvi

11th August 2019
Expect thundering guitars, dramatic dreamscapes and operatic vocals in Anna Calvi’s return to the International Festival.
Edinburgh International Festival: Marcel Khalife & Rami Khalife

Edinburgh International Festival: Marcel Khalife & Rami Khalife

11th August 2019
The legendary singer, composer, oud player and folk hero Marcel Khalife makes his Scottish debut, joined by his eldest son Rami Khalife, at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Edinburgh International Festival: Oedipus

Edinburgh International Festival: Oedipus

14th August 2019 - 17th August 2019
A revelatory updating of Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus becomes a deeply human figure, destined to face the tragic repercussions of his unwitting mistakes.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Red Dust Road

Edinburgh International Festival: Red Dust Road

14th August 2019 - 18th August 2019
Chronicling Jackie Kay’s 20-year search for her biological mother and father and her quest for them to recognise her own existence.
Edinburgh International Festival: Teenage Fanclub

Edinburgh International Festival: Teenage Fanclub

16th August 2019
The legendary Scottish alternative rock band, described by Kurt Cobain as ‘the best band in the world’, play songs from their three-decade career.
Edinburgh International Festival: Mythos - A Trilogy

Edinburgh International Festival: Mythos - A Trilogy

19th August 2019 - 25th August 2019
Stephen Fry brings to brilliant life the gods, monsters and mortals of ancient Greece, translating their stories into the language of the 21st century.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Purposeless Movements

Edinburgh International Festival: Purposeless Movements

19th August 2019 - 24th August 2019
Raucously funny and brutally honest, Purposeless Movements is an eye-opening dance theatre work from Glasgow’s Birds of Paradise Theatre Company.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Hear Word!

Edinburgh International Festival: Hear Word!

19th August 2019 - 25th August 2019
Ten of Nigeria’s biggest stars come together to tell stories of domestic violence, overturning the status quo, abuse, disrespect, bravery, sisterhood and joy.
Edinburgh International Festival: Ian McKellen On Stage

Edinburgh International Festival: Ian McKellen On Stage

22nd August 2019 - 25th August 2019
From Tolkien’s Gandalf to Shakespeare, Sir Ian performs extracts from his best-loved roles, as well as recalling seminal moments from his life and career.
Edinburgh International Festival: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Edinburgh International Festival: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

26th August 2019
Enjoy the annual International Festival finale with inspirational music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and breathtaking fireworks set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

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