Edinburgh Art Festival


The UK’s largest annual festival of visual arts was founded in 2004. Working with local and international partners to present an ambitious and meaningful programme of exhibitions, events and projects across the city, most of the festival is free to attend. Each year, Edinburgh Art Festival features leading international and UK artists alongside the best emerging talent, major survey exhibitions of historic figures, and a special programme of events with voices from across the festival.

What makes it special?

  • 2023’s festival programme considers how artists, thinkers, writers and performers move through this world and how their work connects to feminist and queer practice
  • The festival also runs a year round programme of community engagement, inviting local people to explore culture, community, the city and self-expression.
  • Edinburgh Art Festival hosts a number of special events with its partner galleries, allowing visitors to discover stories and spaces that might be hidden or unfamiliar.
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