Edinburgh International Festival launches 2015 programme

Edinburgh International Festival has announced its full festival programme for August 2015.

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EIF 2015, which runs from Friday 7 to Monday 31 August, will once again boast a truly international collection of artists, with an international audience to match. Over 2300 performers from 39 nations will entertain, challenge and thrill fans of world-class art and culture, with the EIF expecting to welcome visitors from around 70 countries around the globe.

Fergus Linehan, Edinburgh International Festival's new Director said:

I believe that being in Edinburgh in August opens your mind and makes you more ambitious, more thoughtful, more generous and more connected.  Edinburgh in festival season has the power to leave you changed and changed for the better.  While I consider myself, in this role at the Festival, as the most fortunate person in the city at the moment, I still do envy those who arrive in Edinburgh in August for the first time.

The festival opens with a large free outdoor event, the Harmonium Project, which will drape the city's iconic Usher Hall with spectacular projected digital animation, in celebration of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus reaching its 50th year. A recording of the Chorus with the Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian, will complement the visuals, treating crowds to John Adams's Harmonium.

Other firsts for EIF include first appearances for a range of international star names, including Juliette Binoche, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lang Lang, Sufjan Stevens, Sylvie Guillem, Franz Ferdinand & Sparks, Max Richter, Simon McBurney, Enda Walsh and Yuja Wang.

Major international theatrical works include Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche, and visual artist Dieter Roth’s ‘unstageable play’ Murmel Murmel, which wowed audiences in Berlin.

And great Scottish work will be celebrated with the world premiere of Alasdair Gray’s Lanark, produced by Glasgow's Citizens Theatre, and Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner by Stewart Laing.

Young culture fans will get a chance to enjoy specially tailored events, including Dragon by Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin People’s Arts Theatre, and a family concert with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Parisian technologists Chevalvert joining forces to present music from across the festival.

Music lovers will be treated with the new late night Hub Sessions programme, featuring the likes of Anna Calvi, Oneohtrix Point Never, Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry. Hub Sessions joins EIF's extensive musical programme of concerts and recitals announced in February.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, in addition to their own performances at the Usher Hall, will team up with international artists at the Playhouse, Festival Theatre and The Hub in a series of productions.

And, of course, the festival and Edinburgh's summer festival season, will close with the world famous Virgin Money Fireworks Concert on Monday 31 August, with over 400,000 fireworks illuminating the night sky above Edinburgh Castle.

Priority booking for EIF Friends and Patrons will begin on Thursday 19 March, with tickets on public sale from Saturday 28 March.

For more information on Edinburgh International Festival 2015 please visit www.eif.co.uk.

Images (clockwise from top left)

  • The Harmonium Project © 59 Productions
  • Murmel Murmel © Thomas Aurin
  • Dragon © Drew Farrell
  • EIF Virgin Money Fireworks - Eoin Carey

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