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The festival is back to mark its 75th anniversary

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The Edinburgh International Festival will be back in its full glory this year to mark the 75th anniversary of what began under the direction of the founder Rudolf Bing - who was himself a...

Benedetti named as the new Director of Edinburgh International Festival

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The famed Scottish violinist and advocate for the arts, Nicola Benedetti, CBE, is to become the Director of the Edinburgh International Festival from 1 October 2022. She will be the first female festival director...
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Honorary President of Edinburgh International Festival is asked for resignation

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As the invasion of Ukraine continues four days after its beginnings before dawn on Thursday, the cultural fallout has also begun. It was only last August that "Powerhouse Russian conductor" Valery Gergiev was feted...

The return of live performances celebrated by Edinburgh International Festival 2021

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The 2021 Edinburgh International Festival has drawn to a close following 170 live performances in bespoke outdoor venues and iconic theatres across the city. This return to live performance marked a significant turning point...

Edinburgh International Festival – The Unthanks ★★★★★

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With the subtle arrival of autumn, The Unthanks delivered a mesmerising appearance at the Edinburgh International Festival not to be forgotten in a hurry. The nine-piece based folk collective led by Northumbrian sisters, Rachel...

Edinburgh International Festival 2021 – Violinist Nicola Benedetti selected as a resident artist

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2021's International Festival has one of the world’s most sought-after violinists of her generation as a resident artist, the Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti. The three concerts of Nicola’s residency, spanning Baroque to contemporary music,...

Edinburgh International Festival – Aidan O’Rourke

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Aidan O'Rourke entertained the media on Friday with a wee tune on his violin in the Old College Quad. It was quite delightful, and even though it was a small audience, O'Rourke was clearly...

Edinburgh International Festival – ‘Field – Something For the Future Now’

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Curious Seed, one of Scotland’s most innovative dance companies, presents 'Field – Something For the Future Now', a durational outdoor dance happening conceived in a physically distant world and presented as part of Edinburgh...

Edinburgh International Festival – mezzo soprano Andrea Baker

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Andrea Baker is truly an international soprano in our midst. Andrea Baker is a mezzo soprano originally from Massachusetts who has come to settle in Edinburgh. She moved to San Francisco and then Germany,...

Edinburgh International Festival – Isata Kanneh-Mason plays Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto

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Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason will perform Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and new Music Director Vasily Petrenko on 9th August. Kanneh-Mason first rose to prominence as one of her family’s seven remarkable...

Edinburgh International Festival – ‘Falstaff’ at the Festival Theatre

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Freeloader, past-it playboy, incorrigible rake, – Sir John Falstaff needs a ruse so that he can continue his life of excess. He decides to try his luck with two of Windsor’s upstanding married women,...

The Edinburgh International Festival 2021 begins on Saturday

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From Saturday Edinburgh International Festival returns with live performance in the Scottish capital from 7–29 August. The programme includes a diverse programme of UK and international artists.   With more than 170 classical and contemporary music,...

Edinburgh International Festival World premier for Enda Walsh’s ‘Medicine’

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Edinburgh International Festival, the world’s leading performing arts festival, pioneers the return of live performance in Scotland from 7 – 29 August with a diverse programme of UK and international artists. This year’s programme features...

30 Festival Favours gifted to the People of Edinburgh by EIF

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The Edinburgh International Festival will gift the first of 30 Festival Favours to the people of Edinburgh, in an initiative that will see residents from the ages of 5 – 95, from Leith to...

Council gives go ahead to festival for outdoor concerts in Inverleith

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Forty classical musical performances are to be staged at The Edinburgh Academy Junior School, next to residential properties – despite objections of neighbours concerned about noise and safety. Although the temporary venue has already been...

Festival on the hunt for a new boss

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Edinburgh International Festival begins the search for its next Festival Director, who will launch their programming and curatorial vision at the 2023 Festival.  Current Festival Director, Fergus Linehan, completes his tenure in September 2022 after an exceptional eight-year period, during which time he has...

EIF giving back to local communities in the capital with Festival Favours

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Well what do you need? Would you like a rapper or a string quartet? Whatever you need, consider it done. You could ask for a gift from the International Festival as they celebrate the return...

Festival opening night event cancelled

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Edinburgh International Festival have had to cancel the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Night Light scheduled for 6-8 August from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.    The festival organisers have explained that without the artists getting any travel...

EIF – celebrating contemporary music

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The International Festival’s Edinburgh Park series includes concerts featuring contemporary music which has come to signify the festival in recent years. On opening nights in the past the music by Mogwai has entranced us,...

EIF – traditional music all around

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The EIF is back with a wide-ranging programme of music from classical to traditional. In the traditional arena there is much to see and hear in the Old College Quad in one of the...

EIF – opera encore

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Opera and musicals always form a big part of the Edinburgh International Festival offering. This year while it is a stripped back programme there are some real highlights, with Ariadne auf Naxos in a...

EIF 2021 – Dance, dance, dance

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The Edinburgh International Festival dance programme is quite diverse, and includes both live performance and film. The new dance film co-commissioned by the festival is called Chotto Xenos,inspired by AKram Khan's solo show XENOS. It...

Podcast – Edinburgh International Festival goes pop up

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In view of the ongoing restrictions as to social or physical distancing and also international travel the Edinburgh International Festival this year has had to make some changes. The plan is to create three...

Edinburgh International Festival – the show will go on this year

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In an exciting announcement this morning the Edinburgh International Festival has announced that it will take place this summer in specially constructed outdoor locations. Three temporary outdoor pavilions designed for live outdoor performances will...

Funding from Sir Ian McKellen provides new seating bank for Leith Academy

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Sir Ian McKellen raised funds from the shows he performed in his 80th birthday year, 2019 including a show which was part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Now some of that funding is coming...

Edinburgh International Festival opens digital art exhibition

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Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) invites audiences from all over the world to discover the extraordinary creative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) through two digital artworks just released.  EIF and Edinburgh Futures Institute co-commissioned The New...

EIF releases music CD for Edinburgh’s elderly

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Edinburgh International Festival has produced a double disc album featuring some of the highlights of the August 2020 music programme and three digital releases in partnership with Linn Records.   The 2020 Edinburgh International Festival was overhauled during the...

Two new engagement projects launched by EIF to boost arts’ access in schools

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Earlier today (24th Nov.), the Edinburgh International Festival today launched two engagement projects to boost arts access in schools across the capital and encourage the young people of Edinburgh to play on in the...

My Light Shines On in Edinburgh in 2020

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Edinburgh International Festival’s digital programme My Light Shines On, filmed primarily in empty venues throughout Edinburgh, attracted a global audience with 1,013,000 video views following its premiere on what would have been the opening weekend of the Festival. From...

Edinburgh International Festival 2020 – From the Usher Hall

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In this year when the Usher Hall fell silent, the Edinburgh International Festival have dusted off some archive performances recorded there, and these will be aired on BBC Radio 3 in September. Every year,...

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