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About Edinburgh International Festival

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.

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Edinburgh International Festival: Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid

Edinburgh International Festival: Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid

03 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Forget the Little Mermaid you thought you knew. Meow Meow’s subversive cabaret is a fairytale gone rogue.
Edinburgh International Festival: Rhinoceros

Edinburgh International Festival: Rhinoceros

03 August 2017 - 12 August 2017
A new Scottish/Turkish version of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros is on at the Royal Lyceum Theatre.
Edinburgh International Festival: Krapp’s Last Tape

Edinburgh International Festival: Krapp’s Last Tape

04 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Samuel Beckett’s moving meditation on time, memory and ageing is performed by renowned Irish actor Barry McGovern.
Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

04 August 2017
Bloom is an epic, outdoor, public art event celebrating the joyful transformation of the city over the past 70 years.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Martin Creed’s Words and Music

Edinburgh International Festival: Martin Creed’s Words and Music

04 August 2017 - 18 August 2017
Artist, musician and Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed invites you to an evening of words, music and more.
Edinburgh International Festival: Flight

Edinburgh International Festival: Flight

04 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Renowned Scottish theatre company Vox Motus adapts Caroline Brothers’s 2012 novel Hinterland, in a magical experience.
Edinburgh International Festival: Meet Me at Dawn

Edinburgh International Festival: Meet Me at Dawn

04 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Meet Me at Dawn is about two women wash up on a distant shore following a violent boating accident.
Edinburgh International Festival: Greek

Edinburgh International Festival: Greek

05 August 2017 - 06 August 2017
Greek is now a modern opera classic, lauded in productions across the world.
Edinburgh International Festival: Dunedin Consort

Edinburgh International Festival: Dunedin Consort

05 August 2017
Edinburgh’s own Dunedin Consort bring a sense of enormous excitement to the launch of the 2017 Queen’s Hall concerts
Edinburgh International Festival: The Opening Concert

Edinburgh International Festival: The Opening Concert

05 August 2017
Come along to the opening concert of the Edinburgh International Festival at the Usher Hall on 5th August!
Edinburgh International Festival: Die Walküre

Edinburgh International Festival: Die Walküre

06 August 2017
Die Walküre tells a profoundly human story of mankind’s emotions, frailties and dramas.
Edinburgh International Festival:  PJ Harvey

Edinburgh International Festival: PJ Harvey

07 August 2017 - 08 August 2017
Mercury Prize winner PJ Harvey returns to Edinburgh with her full nine-piece band on 7th & 8th August.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Christian Tetzlaff & Leif Ove Andsnes

Edinburgh International Festival: Christian Tetzlaff & Leif Ove Andsnes

07 August 2017
Listen to a captivating recital from Christian Tetzlaff & Leif Ove Andsnes at The Queen's Hall!
Edinburgh International Festival:  Apollon Musagète Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival: Apollon Musagète Quartet

08 August 2017
Don't miss Apollon Musagète Quartet, hailed as one of the most exciting young quartets on the planet.
Edinburgh International Festival:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

08 August 2017
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra launches its three 2017 Festival concerts with a rich programme high on contrasts.
Edinburgh International Festival: The Divide

Edinburgh International Festival: The Divide

08 August 2017 - 20 August 2017
The Divide is an extraordinary new work by one of the UK’s greatest storytellers, Alan Ayckbourn.
Edinburgh International Festival: The Edinburgh Musical Society - Sold Out

Edinburgh International Festival: The Edinburgh Musical Society - Sold Out

08 August 2017
Ensemble Marsyas recreate a late 18th century Edinburgh concert to launch the Festival’s St Cecilia’s Hall concerts.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Mikhail Pletnev

Edinburgh International Festival: Mikhail Pletnev

09 August 2017
Mikhail Pletnev performs an intimate piano recital at The Queen's Hall.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Bryn Terfel & Malcolm Martineau

Edinburgh International Festival: Bryn Terfel & Malcolm Martineau

09 August 2017
Superstar of the opera and concert stage, Bryn Terfel joins with pianist Malcolm Martineau in this concert.
Edinburgh International Festival: Don Giovanni

Edinburgh International Festival: Don Giovanni

09 August 2017 - 12 August 2017
Don't miss this remarkable, provocative staging of Don Giovanni conducted and directed by Iván Fischer.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Karen Cargill & Simon Lepper

Edinburgh International Festival: Karen Cargill & Simon Lepper

10 August 2017
Mezzo soprano Karen Cargill and pianist Simon Lepper perform Intimate French song by Debussy, Chausson, Duparc & Hahn.
Edinburgh International Festival: Benjamin Clementine & Special Guests

Edinburgh International Festival: Benjamin Clementine & Special Guests

10 August 2017
Come along for an evening of beautiful music across international cultures with Benjamin Clementine & Special Guests.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Seong-Jin Cho

Edinburgh International Festival: Seong-Jin Cho

11 August 2017
Seong-Jin Cho makes his International Festival debut with a scintillating programme of keyboard pyrotechnics.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Elgar’s King Olaf

Edinburgh International Festival: Elgar’s King Olaf

11 August 2017
Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Elgar’s tale of vengeful gods, warring Vikings & doomed love.
Edinburgh International Festival: Vuelos

Edinburgh International Festival: Vuelos

11 August 2017 - 13 August 2017
Vuelos is a magical dance theatre work for children and families. Age 5+.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Gringolts Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival: Gringolts Quartet

12 August 2017
Led by international violin soloist Ilya Gringolts, the quartet plays Brahms, Haydn and Widmann.
Edinburgh International Festival: Yo, Carmen

Edinburgh International Festival: Yo, Carmen

12 August 2017 - 13 August 2017
A vibrant ode to womanhood from the brilliant flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

12 August 2017
Visionary British pianist Paul Lewis joins the orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner for Grieg’s Piano Concerto.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Peter Grimes

Edinburgh International Festival: Peter Grimes

13 August 2017
Benjamin Britten’s immensely powerful work is the defining British opera of the 20th century.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Come & Sing International

Edinburgh International Festival: Come & Sing International

13 August 2017
Do you love singing? Come along and sing with members of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.
Edinburgh International Festival:  René Pape & Camillo Radicke

Edinburgh International Festival: René Pape & Camillo Radicke

14 August 2017
René Pape and pianist Camillo Radicke present a recital of songs by Beethoven, Dvořák and Musorgsky.
Edinburgh International Festival:  L’Orfeo

Edinburgh International Festival: L’Orfeo

14 August 2017
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the first of Monteverdi’s three exquisitely expressive surviving operas.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

Edinburgh International Festival: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

15 August 2017
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the second of Monteverdi’s three exquisitely expressive surviving operas.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Andreas Haefliger

Edinburgh International Festival: Andreas Haefliger

15 August 2017
Andreas Haefliger famed for his searching insights and his pianistic power plays Beethoven, Musorgsky, Liszt and Berg.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Anoushka Shankar

Edinburgh International Festival: Anoushka Shankar

16 August 2017
Join Anoushka Shankar for an evening of her deeply expressive music at the Usher Hall on 16th August.
Edinburgh International Festival: Blak Whyte Gray

Edinburgh International Festival: Blak Whyte Gray

16 August 2017 - 19 August 2017
Award-winning East London hip-hop company, Boy Blue Entertainment, bring Blak Whyte Gray to the Royal Lyceum.
Edinburgh International Festival:  François Leleux & Eric Le Sage

Edinburgh International Festival: François Leleux & Eric Le Sage

16 August 2017
Charismatic oboist François Leleux is joined by his music collaborator Eric Le Sage.
Edinburgh International Festival:  L’incoronazione di Poppea

Edinburgh International Festival: L’incoronazione di Poppea

17 August 2017
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the third of Monteverdi’s three exquisitely expressive surviving operas.
Edinburgh International Festival:  The Music of The Incredible String Band

Edinburgh International Festival: The Music of The Incredible String Band

17 August 2017
This is a very special concert paying homage to one of the most influential groups to have come out of Scotland.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Benjamin Appl & Pavel Kolesnikov

Edinburgh International Festival: Benjamin Appl & Pavel Kolesnikov

17 August 2017
Baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist Pavel Kolesnikov perform Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Grieg and Matthias Pintscher.
Edinburgh International Festival: Chiaroscuro Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival: Chiaroscuro Quartet

18 August 2017
The Chiaroscuro Quartet famed for its fiery, unforgettable performances plays Schubert, Haydn and Bach.
Edinburgh International Festival: Macbeth

Edinburgh International Festival: Macbeth

18 August 2017 - 20 August 2017
A major new production of Verdi’s dark operatic thriller, given by Teatro Regio of Turin.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

18 August 2017
Canadian Marc-André Hamelin joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at Usher Hall on 18th August.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Festival Firsts

Edinburgh International Festival: Festival Firsts

19 August 2017
Sir James MacMillan conducts three masterpieces of 20th-century music to celebrate the Festival's 70th anniversary.
Edinburgh International Festival:  I Fagiolini

Edinburgh International Festival: I Fagiolini

19 August 2017
I Fagiolini expands to take in a period instrument ensemble for an unveiling of Monteverdi's 'other' Vespers.
Edinburgh International Festival: Project REBEL

Edinburgh International Festival: Project REBEL

19 August 2017 - 20 August 2017
Hip-hop dance superstars Boy Blue Entertainment bring a bold dance show to Castlebrae Community High School.
Edinburgh International Festival:  La Damnation de Faust

Edinburgh International Festival: La Damnation de Faust

20 August 2017
Listen to La Damnation de Faust, a spectacular choral extravaganza at Usher Hall on 20th August!
Edinburgh International Festival:  Mitsuko Uchida in Recital

Edinburgh International Festival: Mitsuko Uchida in Recital

21 August 2017
Mitsuko Uchida brings a passionate programme for her 2017 solo recital.
Edinburgh International Festival: Nederlands Dans Theater

Edinburgh International Festival: Nederlands Dans Theater

21 August 2017 - 23 August 2017
Nederlands DansTheater presents a triple bill choreographed by Paul Lightfoot, Sol León and Gabriela Carrizo.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Joshua Bell & Dénes Várjon

Edinburgh International Festival: Joshua Bell & Dénes Várjon

21 August 2017
Joshua Bell is joined by pianist Dénes Várjon for the recital of work by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Grieg.
Edinburgh International Festival: Oresteia: This Restless House

Edinburgh International Festival: Oresteia: This Restless House

22 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
A compelling, brutal soap opera, exposing the fragility of a family’s bonds.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Real Magic

Edinburgh International Festival: Real Magic

22 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Real Magic takes you on a hallucinatory journey, in a performance about struggle, optimism and the desire for change.
Edinburgh International Festival: Iestyn Davies sings Bach 1

Edinburgh International Festival: Iestyn Davies sings Bach 1

22 August 2017
Iestyn Davies comes together with The Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr for a special concert.
Edinburgh International Festival: Room 29

Edinburgh International Festival: Room 29

22 August 2017 - 24 August 2017
In this brand new collaboration, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales give voice to the ghosts of Room 29 at the Château M
Edinburgh International Festival: Verdi’s Requiem

Edinburgh International Festival: Verdi’s Requiem

22 August 2017
Verdi’s Requiem - A choral blockbuster of staggering power, bringing the drama of the opera house to the concert hall.
Edinburgh International Festival: Alfred Brendel

Edinburgh International Festival: Alfred Brendel

23 August 2017
Join Alfred Brendel as he talks about musical matters at the King's Theatre!
Edinburgh International Festival:  Mariinsky & RSNO

Edinburgh International Festival: Mariinsky & RSNO

23 August 2017
Only at the International Festival could you experience two of the world’s finest orchestras in a single concert.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Trio Zimmermann

Edinburgh International Festival: Trio Zimmermann

23 August 2017
Trio Zimmermann returns with one of the true monuments of classical music – Bach’s mighty Goldberg Variations.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Joshua Bell plays Bruch

Edinburgh International Festival: Joshua Bell plays Bruch

24 August 2017
Joshua Bell fronts the Academy as both soloist and director in two bracing musical visions.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Iestyn Davies sings Bach 2

Edinburgh International Festival: Iestyn Davies sings Bach 2

24 August 2017
Iestyn Davies comes together with The Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr for a second special concert.
Edinburgh International Festival: Rain

Edinburgh International Festival: Rain

25 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rain is a powerfully emotional dance creation set to music by Steve Reich.
Edinburgh International Festival: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir

Edinburgh International Festival: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir

25 August 2017 - 26 August 2017
A magical mystery tour through Stephen Merritt’s life to celebrate his 50th birthday.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Venera Gimadieva & Pavel Nebolsin

Edinburgh International Festival: Venera Gimadieva & Pavel Nebolsin

25 August 2017
Venera Gimadieva and pianist Pavel Nebolsin present a dazzling recital of songs.
Edinburgh International Festival:  La bohème

Edinburgh International Festival: La bohème

25 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
La bohème is a sumptuous, visually magnificent new production direct from the Teatro Regio, Turin.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

25 August 2017
Two muscular celebrations of America launch a powerful programme featuring works of Bernstein, Copland and Brahms.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Filarmonica della Scala 1

Edinburgh International Festival: Filarmonica della Scala 1

26 August 2017
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Filarmonica della Scala in the first of two concerts.
Edinburgh International Festival:  Filarmonica della Scala 2

Edinburgh International Festival: Filarmonica della Scala 2

27 August 2017
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Filarmonica della Scala in the second of two concerts.
Edinburgh International Festival:  70th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Edinburgh International Festival: 70th Anniversary Celebration Concert

27 August 2017
The 2017 International Festival’s Usher Hall concerts come to a resplendent conclusion in a very special concert.
Edinburgh International Festival: Letters Live

Edinburgh International Festival: Letters Live

27 August 2017
Letters Live has been moving audiences to both laughter and tears since 2013, see it at the King's Theatre.
EIF - Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

EIF - Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

28 August 2017
The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival to a spectacular close.

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