Reasons to Love the Edinburgh International Festival
See some of the world’s finest dance companies
Previous EIF performances have included Nederlands Dans Theater, Trisha Brown Company and Akram Khan Company.
Be the first to experience new works
The festival always features a number of world premieres, previous works have included Red Dust Road from the National Theatre of Scotland and Symphony No. 5 "Le grand Inconnu" by composer Sir James MacMillan.
Witness rarely performed music and theatre
Schoenberg’s epic cantata ‘Gurrelieder’ closed the festival’s 2016 Usher Hall concerts. The piece is rarely performed and is scored for an exceptionally large ensemble approximately 150 instrumentalists and 200 singers!
Hear world class soloists
The world’s foremost musicians gather in Edinburgh for the festival, major soloists have included, pianist Yuja Wang, mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, bass-baritone Sir Bryan Terfel and violinist Nicola Benedetti.
Experience traditional Scottish music
Scotland is renown for its rich traditional culture and the festivals feature many Scots artists. In 2018 EIF performances included folk singer-songwriter Karine Polwart and Julie Fowlis, a Scottish Gaelic singer from North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.
Discover other festivals
August is one of the most exciting times to be in Edinburgh for the festivals as multiple festivals run alongside each other. The Edinburgh International Festival takes place alongside 4 other major festivals: Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Explore a historic city
Edinburgh is the world’s leading festival city, presenting an unforgettable and unparalleled mix of cultural experiences set in a UNESCO World Heritage site - one of the most iconic and historic cities in the world.
Be wowed by the closing fireworks concert
In partnership with the City of Edinburgh, the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh's summer festival season to a resplendent conclusion. Set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic Castle, this event brings together stirring orchestral music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and magnificent pyrotechnics, specially choreographed by international fireworks artists, Pyrovision.
The Edinburgh International Festival takes place from 7-31 August 2020 at venues across Edinburgh.