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: Midsummer

Edinburgh International Festival: Midsummer

2nd August 2018 - 26th August 2018
Enjoy this newly expanded version of David Grieg’s heart-warming and humorous love-letter to Edinburgh, featuring original songs by Ballboy’s Gordon McIntyre.
Edinburgh International Festival: Notes from the Field - CANCELLED

Edinburgh International Festival: Notes from the Field - CANCELLED

6th August 2018 - 18th August 2018
Unfortunately, all performances of Anna Deveare Smith's 2018 Edinburgh International Festival, Notes from the Field, has been cancelled due to unforseen scheduling conflict for Ms Smith.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov

Edinburgh International Festival: Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov

14th August 2018
Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov tackle the late sonatas of Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov at The Queen's Hall on 14th August.
Edinburgh International Festival:  National Youth Orchestra of Canada

Edinburgh International Festival: National Youth Orchestra of Canada

14th August 2018
Listen to The National Youth Orchestra of Canada, conducted by Jonathan Darlington, at the Usher Hall on 14th August!
Edinburgh International Festival:  Catriona Morison & Simon Lepper

Edinburgh International Festival: Catriona Morison & Simon Lepper

15th August 2018
Edinburgh-born singer Catriona Morison is joined by the brilliant pianist Simon Lepper to perform a programme of Brahms, Schumann and Mahler lieder.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Hansel & Gretel

Edinburgh International Festival: Hansel & Gretel

15th August 2018
A stunning international cast tell this bewitching fairy tale in a concert performance of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera.
Edinburgh International Festival:  The Beggar’s Opera

Edinburgh International Festival: The Beggar’s Opera

16th August 2018 - 19th August 2018
The Beggar’s Opera is brought into the modern day in this brand new production from Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, resident company at the 2018 International Festival.
Edinburgh International Festival:  XENOS

Edinburgh International Festival: XENOS

16th August 2018 - 18th August 2018
Marking the great dancer's final performances in a full-length production, Akram Khan’s XENOS confronts the tragedy of the First World War.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Robert Levin

Edinburgh International Festival: Robert Levin

16th August 2018
The early keyboard pioneer returns to the International Festival with an all-Mozart affair – contrasting some well-loved sonatas with lesser known works.
Edinburgh International Festival:  La Maladie de la mort

Edinburgh International Festival: La Maladie de la mort

16th August 2018 - 19th August 2018
British director Katie Mitchell presents her own uncompromising stage adaptation of the provocative novella by Marguerite Duras.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook

Edinburgh International Festival: Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook

16th August 2018
Karine Polwart performs a soundtrack of seminal Scottish pop songs live as part of Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside at Leith Theatre.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

16th August 2018
Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic return to the International Festival with a vibrant programme of Richard Strauss and Prokofiev.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad and David Meier

Edinburgh International Festival: Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad and David Meier

17th August 2018
Norwegian violist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad makes his International Festival debut at The Queen's Hall on 17th August alongside German pianist David Meier.
Edinburgh International Festival:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

17th August 2018
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performs heady works from Stravinsky, Ravel and Debussy, conducted by Ludovic Morlot.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Neu! Reekie!

Edinburgh International Festival: Neu! Reekie!

17th August 2018
Come along for a special evening at the International Festival from Neu! Reekie! Part of Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside at Leith Theatre.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra 1

Edinburgh International Festival: Scottish Chamber Orchestra 1

18th August 2018
One of Scotland’s best-loved ensembles performs the cycle of Brahms’ symphonies over two nights. In this concert he performs his first and third symphonies.
Edinburgh International Festival: Lau-Land

Edinburgh International Festival: Lau-Land

18th August 2018
Lau will be joined by a host of friends and collaborators for a special Lau-Land on 18th August as part of Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Eurovision Young Musicians 2018: The Semi-finals

Edinburgh International Festival: Eurovision Young Musicians 2018: The Semi-finals

18th August 2018 - 19th August 2018
18 of the most exciting young performers from across Europe compete for one of the world’s most prized titles: Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Christian Blackshaw and Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Edinburgh International Festival: Christian Blackshaw and Soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

18th August 2018
Renowned British pianist is joined by four principal players from the Berliner Philharmoniker to perform Schubert and Mozart.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra 2

Edinburgh International Festival: Scottish Chamber Orchestra 2

19th August 2018
In the second of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Brahms cycle, Robin Ticciati conducts the second and fourth symphonies.
Edinburgh International Festival: John Grant

Edinburgh International Festival: John Grant

20th August 2018
As part of his UK tour, John Grant brings his captivating music to a very special International Festival concert at Edinburgh Playhouse on 20th August.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Colburn Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: Colburn Orchestra

20th August 2018
Colburn Orchestra, an American youth ensemble, perform music by Salonen and Rachmaninov and joining them is violinist Simone Porter for Barber’s Violin Concerto.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Edinburgh International Festival: Pierre-Laurent Aimard

20th August 2018
Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs an intimate recital of virtuosic and mystical piano from Chopin, Scriabin, Debussy, Obouhow and Messiaen.
Edinburgh International Festival:  The End of Eddy

Edinburgh International Festival: The End of Eddy

21st August 2018 - 26th August 2018
Born into poverty in rural France, this is the story of Eddy’s struggle to understand who he is, who he might become, and his fight to escape.
Edinburgh International Festival: Martyn Bennett’s ‘Bothy Culture’

Edinburgh International Festival: Martyn Bennett’s ‘Bothy Culture’

21st August 2018
Martyn Bennett's 1996 album ‘Bothy Culture’ will be performed by the Grit Orchestra and Greg Lawson at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 21st August.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Dvořak’s Requiem

Edinburgh International Festival: Dvořak’s Requiem

21st August 2018
Emerging young conductor Jakub Hrůša is joined by four soloists and Edinburgh Festival Chorus in one of classical music’s greatest choral epics 'Dvořak’s Requiem'.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Dorothea Röschmann and Roger Vignoles

Edinburgh International Festival: Dorothea Röschmann and Roger Vignoles

21st August 2018
The celebrated German soprano, Dorothea Röschmann, returns to the International Festival with a rich moving collection of Romantic songs and is joined by British pianist Roger Vignoles.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Pavel Haas Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival: Pavel Haas Quartet

22nd August 2018
One of the world’s most exciting string quartets perform two landmark works in the repertoire – Schubert’s ‘Rosamunde’ and Ravel’s String Quartet.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Des canyons aux etoiles

Edinburgh International Festival: Des canyons aux etoiles

22nd August 2018
Matthias Pintscher and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform with Pierre-Laurent Aimard Des canyons aux etoiles by Messiaen.
Edinburgh International Festival:  The Prisoner

Edinburgh International Festival: The Prisoner

22nd August 2018 - 26th August 2018
The Prisoner, co-written and co-directed by legendary theatre-maker Peter Brook, is a provocative exploration of some of the most compelling issues of our times.
Edinburgh International Festival: HOME

Edinburgh International Festival: HOME

22nd August 2018
HOME is a breathtaking spectacle of illusion, choreography, inexplicable construction and storytelling, capturing all the drama and emotion of our everyday lives.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Eurovision Young Musicians 2018: Competition Final

Edinburgh International Festival: Eurovision Young Musicians 2018: Competition Final

23rd August 2018
Experience the classical music stars of tomorrow at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 Competition Final held in the Usher Hall.
Edinburgh International Festival:  James Ehnes and Steven Osborne

Edinburgh International Festival: James Ehnes and Steven Osborne

23rd August 2018
Canadian violinist James Ehnes and Scottish pianist Steven Osborne perform a sumptuous recital of Brahms, Ravel, Debussy & Prokofiev.
Edinburgh International Festival: Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich

Edinburgh International Festival: Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich

24th August 2018
Pierre-Laurent Aimard is joined by Tamara Stefanovich to perform the French composer’s Visions de l’Amen and Brahms’s Sonata for Two Pianos.
Edinburgh International Festival: La Cenerentola

Edinburgh International Festival: La Cenerentola

24th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
A visually stunning and boldly staged production of Rossini’s opera. The classic tale of Cinderella is radically transformed by renowned director Stefan Herheim.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 1

Edinburgh International Festival: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 1

24th August 2018
Celebrated conductor Marin Alsop directs a programme of Stravinsky, Schumann and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 2

Edinburgh International Festival: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 2

25th August 2018
Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra are joined by Nicola Benedetti to celebrate Leonard Bernstein on the centenary of his birth.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Hebrides Ensemble

Edinburgh International Festival: Hebrides Ensemble

25th August 2018
The Hebrides Ensemble bring The Queen’s Hall concerts to a resplendent close as they celebrate Bernstein’s centenary year with two of his compositions.
Edinburgh International Festival: St. Vincent

Edinburgh International Festival: St. Vincent

26th August 2018
St. Vincent, the Grammy Award-winning musician brings her transgressive pop on a rare visit to Scotland as part of her Fear the Future tour.
Edinburgh International Festival: Mahler’s Eighth Symphony - SOLD OUT

Edinburgh International Festival: Mahler’s Eighth Symphony - SOLD OUT

26th August 2018
Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra join with the NYCoS Girls Choir and Edinburgh Festival Chorus to perform Mahler’s immense masterpiece.
Edinburgh International Festival: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Edinburgh International Festival: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

27th August 2018
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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