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.
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: 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: Bach Keyboard Concertos

Edinburgh International Festival: Bach Keyboard Concertos

13th August 2019 - 20th August 2019
Some of today’s finest harpsichordists from all over the world join forces with the exceptional players of Scotland’s Dunedin Consort to explore the complete keyboard concertos by J S Bach.
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: Eugene Onegin

Edinburgh International Festival: Eugene Onegin

15th August 2019 - 17th August 2019
Komische Oper Berlin return to the International Festival for Tchaikovsky’s best-loved opera, based on Alexander Pushkin’s classic verse novel.
Edinburgh International Festival: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

17th August 2019
Enjoy the Scottish composer’s tumultuous Woman of the Apocalypse and the sonic spectacle and riotous fun of A Scotch Bestiary.
Edinburgh International Festival: Nash Ensemble

Edinburgh International Festival: Nash Ensemble

17th August 2019
Two glorious chamber classics and the remarkable Fourteen Little Pictures make up the Nash Ensemble’s richly coloured recital.
Edinburgh International Festival: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

17th August 2019
Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the first performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Fifth Symphony.
Edinburgh International Festival: Elgar’s The Kingdom

Edinburgh International Festival: Elgar’s The Kingdom

18th August 2019
A much-admired International Festival partnership return with one of Elgar’s greatest, and most neglected, achievements.
Edinburgh International Festival: Jeremy Denk

Edinburgh International Festival: Jeremy Denk

19th August 2019
Winner of numerous major international awards, the American classical pianist makes his International Festival debut with a wide-ranging programme.
Edinburgh International Festival: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

19th August 2019
China’s premier classical ensemble are joined by the captivating US cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
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: 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: Doric String Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival: Doric String Quartet

20th August 2019
The first European performance of Brett Dean’s String Quartet No. 3 "Hidden Agendas" and the soaring melodies of Brahms’ powerful Second String Quintet.
Edinburgh International Festival: Breaking the Waves

Edinburgh International Festival: Breaking the Waves

21st August 2019 - 24th August 2019
Breaking the Waves, the European premiere of a new opera from Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek, is a wrenching moral drama about a woman’s twisted bargain with God.
Edinburgh International Festival: Hard to Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer

Edinburgh International Festival: Hard to Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer

21st August 2019 - 24th August 2019
A dance piece which looks behind the masks of violence and machismo to the inner lives of Belfast hard men and strong women.
Edinburgh International Festival: Christiane Karg and Gerold Huber

Edinburgh International Festival: Christiane Karg and Gerold Huber

21st August 2019
Christiane Karg, the fast-rising international star of Covent Garden, La Scala and Glyndebourne, performs an all-Schubert programme, alongside German pianist Gerold Huber.
Edinburgh International Festival: Sharon Van Etten

Edinburgh International Festival: Sharon Van Etten

21st August 2019
Emotionally raw harmonic melodies abound as American songwriter Sharon Van Etten comes to Leith Theatre.
Edinburgh International Festival: London Symphony Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival: London Symphony Orchestra

21st August 2019
One of the world’s most electrifying musical partnerships, Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, return with a pair of deeply stirring, richly coloured works.
Edinburgh International Festival: Rite of Spring

Edinburgh International Festival: Rite of Spring

22nd August 2019 - 24th August 2019
Rite of Spring is a visually stunning, exhilarating dance reinterpretation of Stravinsky’s masterpiece by Yang Liping at the Festival Theatre from 22nd to 24th August.
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: Bach’s Multiple Concertos

Edinburgh International Festival: Bach’s Multiple Concertos

22nd August 2019
The International Festival’s six-concert survey of J S Bach’s complete keyboard concertos comes to a spectacular conclusion in The Queen’s Hall on 22nd August.
Edinburgh International Festival: Manon Lescaut

Edinburgh International Festival: Manon Lescaut

22nd August 2019
The powerhouse Scottish conductor brings his company, with an exceptional cast of international soloists, for this vivid concert performance.
Edinburgh International Festival: Amatis Piano Trio and friends

Edinburgh International Festival: Amatis Piano Trio and friends

23rd August 2019
A special collaboration between former BBC New Generation Artists to perform two iconic chamber works by Franck and Dvořák.
Edinburgh International Festival: Orchestre de Paris 1

Edinburgh International Festival: Orchestre de Paris 1

23rd August 2019
Berlioz’s colourful, Byron-inspired tour of Italy and Beethoven’s radiant musical tribute to the natural world.
Edinburgh International Festival: Efterklang

Edinburgh International Festival: Efterklang

23rd August 2019
Returning from a six-year hiatus Efterklang, the Danish indie rock group, make their International Festival debut at Leith Theatre on 23rd August!
Edinburgh International Festival: Orchestre de Paris 2

Edinburgh International Festival: Orchestre de Paris 2

24th August 2019
Daniel Harding concludes his Orchestre de Paris residency with Britten’s soul-searching pacifist masterpiece.
Edinburgh International Festival: Dunedin Consort

Edinburgh International Festival: Dunedin Consort

24th August 2019
The Queen’s Hall series comes to a gloriously theatrical close, in two larger-than-life secular cantatas, some of Bach’s most opulent, joyfully inventive music.
Edinburgh International Festival: Götterdämmerung

Edinburgh International Festival: Götterdämmerung

25th August 2019
Sir Andrew Davis and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra reunite with a sensational international cast of soloists for the overwhelming power of Wagner’s greatest achievement.
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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