The International Festival
The Edinburgh International Festival is an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for peoples of all nations. With a deep commitment to virtuosity and originality the International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre for three weeks in August.
Over the course of the year, the International Festival team travels the world to bring together an unrivalled programme of the most exciting and creative artists working today. Together, we present unique collaborations, world premieres, new interpretations on classic works, critically acclaimed productions and more – that thrill, move, excite and entertain audiences from around the world. All in one place, right here in Scotland.
One of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities, Scotland’s capital is transformed into a rich, bubbling melting pot of creative talent, where every day and night offers exciting possibilities to make new discoveries or catch some of the biggest names in the performing arts on stages and in concert halls across the city.
Our team are committed to enriching people’s lives through the arts and contribute to the cultural and social life of the City of Edinburgh and of Scotland. Our programmes of community engagement, professional development and creative learning for young people run throughout the year, reaching the widest possible audiences.
Compelling, exciting and often surprising, the International Festival is, quite simply, an unmissable experience.