Edinburgh International Festival

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Bringing world-class arts to the capital since 1947, the EIF sets the standard for classical concerts, opera, dance and theatre, while it's recently also added an excellent contemporary music strand. Already confirmed for 2019 is Ian McKellen who will perform a series of highlights from his remarkable career.

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Edinburgh International Festival

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Various venues: Edinburgh

Edinburgh, EH1

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Reviews & features

Fergus Linehan on the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival: 'Geographically our spread is just better this year'

27 Mar 2019

Highlights include the new You Are Here strand, LA Phil at Tynecastle Park and a packed programme of contemporary music at Leith Theatre

The idea of internationalism and focus on global conversations has always been a key element of the Edinburgh International Festival's ethos. But as uncertainty looms around the world, the 2019 programme is very much reflective of a need to engage with…

Edinburgh International Festival reveals full Light On The Shore lineup

2 May 2018

The Jesus and Mary Chain added to the August programme at Leith Theatre, along with performances from Mogwai, Anna Meredith and Django Django

The full lineup has been revealed for Edinburgh International Festival's Light On The Shore programme, set to take over the iconic Leith Theatre this August, celebrating Scotland's music influence whilst welcoming acts from all over the world. Spread…

Fergus Linehan on Light on the Shore: 'I hope the season encourages conversations about Scottish popular music'

2 May 2018

Edinburgh International Festival is to take over the Leith Theatre in August with some of the most influential Scottish musicians of the last few decades in tow

Tracing the origins of Scotland's contemporary music culture will take you on an eclectic and colourful journey, from its roots in folk and the early days of pop and 1950s rock 'n' roll to the explosion of punk, new wave and indie. It's a story that…

Edinburgh International Festival to welcome Anna Meredith, Sir Simon Rattle and new strand at Leith Theatre in 2018

14 Mar 2018

The Festival's 71st year sees a typically packed classical lineup and a particularly exciting dance programme

Anna Meredith, Akram Khan, Sir Simon Rattle and The West Wing's Anna Deavere Smith are among some of the highlights of the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival programme, which has just been announced. After last year's expansive 70th anniversary…

Light on the Shore will illuminate Leith Theatre this August

14 Mar 2018

Edinburgh International Festival heads down to Leith in 2018 with a packed programme of Scottish music

There's no shortage of highlights at this year's Edinburgh International Festival (read about the full programme). But its most exciting announcement for 2018 is that, for the first time in 30 years, it'll head back to Leith Theatre – the gorgeous…

Classical music at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival: A Beginners Guide

15 Mar 2017

Want to hear some classical music at the EIF, but don't know what to go to? Try these

The Edinburgh International Festival has announced its 2017 programme, and as always there's a generous and diverse spread of classical music events. Those who regularly attend classical music at the EIF can see at a glance what attracts them and what…

Edinburgh International Festival 2017 programme launched

15 Mar 2017

Theatre, music, art and dance from PJ Harvey, Magnetic Fields, Martin Creed, Nederlands Dans Theater and many more

Edinburgh International Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary with an impressive programme of arts. Bringing theatre, dance, music, opera and more to various venues across the city Fri 4 —Mon 28 Aug. Highlights include PJ Harvey, Teatro Regio Torino…

The Magnificent 70: Auld Reekie celebrates seven decades of being the Festival City

26 Jan 2017

Murray Robertson looks at how Edinburgh became the arts capital of the world

2017 marks a very special anniversary for Edinburgh: it's been 70 years since it took its first steps to becoming the world-leading festival city it is today. In 1947, as the nation slowly recovered from the devastation of World War II, the Edinburgh…

Alan Cumming, Sigur Rós and Deep Time among Edinburgh International Festival 2016 highlights

6 Apr 2016

This year's Festival features an eclectic range of theatre, comedy, music and more

With 2,442 artists from 36 nations set to perform, this year's Edinburgh International Festival offers a diverse range of classical, theatre, dance, opera and contemporary music – from the Barry Humphries' Weimer Cabaret and Alan Cumming Sings Sappy…

Edinburgh International Festival 2015: The Hub Sessions

19 Mar 2015

Highlights of new strand include works from the National’s Bryce Dessner and Anna Calvi

For the first time, this year’s Edinburgh International Festival will feature The Hub Sessions, where some of the world’s most exciting musicians perform in the intimate surroundings of The Hub in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Here are this year’s…

Edinburgh International Festival lineup announced

18 Mar 2015

Includes: FFS, Sufjan Stevens, Chilly Gonzales, King Creosote, Complicite and Lepage’s Ex Machina

Pop musicians Sparks, Franz Ferdinand and Sufjan Stevens, international theatre makers Complicite and Robert Lepage’s Ex Machina, and a grand, free, outdoor opening spectacular are among the events unveiled today by director Fergus Linehan for his first…

Edinburgh International Festival announces Concerts and Recitals for 2015

3 Feb 2015

Lang Lang, Yuja Wang and Colin Currie among this year’s Edinburgh Festival highlights

The full programme of opera, theatre and dance is still under wraps until Wed 18 Mar but new director Fergus Linehan has revealed the Concerts and Recitals strand of Edinburgh International Festival's 2015 programme. ‘Launching the classical music…

Juliette Binoche confirmed for Edinburgh International Festival 2015

12 Nov 2014

French actress will star in stage version of Antigone translated by Anne Carson

Celebrated French actress Juliette Binoche will appear at the 68th annual Edinburgh International Festival, which takes place from 7-31 August 2015. New festival director Fergus Linehan, former director of the Sydney Festival and the Dublin Theatre…

Jazz, Juliette Binoche and a calendar change on cards for Edinburgh International Festival 2015

8 May 2014

Incoming director designate Fergus Linehan outlines his plans for change at the EIF

Fifteen months before the start of his first event, Edinburgh International Festival director designate Fergus Linehan has taken the unusual step of revealing some of his thinking behind the 2015 programme – as well as sharing details of a few of its…

Interview: Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills on the 2014 programme

18 Mar 2014

The outgoing EIF director reveals what inspired his final festival programme

What are this year’s EIF themes? It’s put together partly to coincide with the Commonwealth Games, and partly to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. But there is a much broader dimension: the way in which artists have…

War and peace announced as themes for Edinburgh International Festival 2014

18 Mar 2014

Programme highlights includes works involving The Kronos Quartet and Handspring Puppet Company

War and peace, conflict and conciliation are the grand themes being tackled in Jonathan Mills’ final year as director of the Edinburgh International Festival. The 2014 programme, announced today, explores music, dance, theatre and other arts not just…

Fergus Linehan appointed new director for Edinburgh International Festival

22 Apr 2013

The former Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival and Sydney Festival will begin in May

Following much speculation, Fergus Linehan has been appointed as the new director of the Edinburgh International Festival. Linehan has considerable experience in the arts having worked very successfully at the Dublin Theatre Festival in his native…

Setting the stage - Edinburgh International Festival

2 Apr 2009

EIF artistic director, Jonathan Mills, referred to the ‘menace and magic’ of this year’s festival programme, as he unveiled the highlights last week. In keeping with 2009’s Homecoming celebrations the Edinburgh International Festival launched works rich…

The 2016 Edinburgh International Festival

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