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. 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.

What makes it special?

  • Founded in 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival grew out of the rubble of the Second World War with the aim of providing 'a platform for the flowering of the human spirit' by inviting the world’s best artists and companies to perform, whatever their nationality.
  • EIF presents arts of the highest possible international standard to the widest possible audience, reflecting international culture to audiences from Scotland, the rest of the UK and the world, and offering an international showcase for Scottish culture.
  • The Festival presents events which cannot easily be achieved by any other UK arts organisation through innovative programming and a commitment to new work.
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