International Festival Reveals New Programme Strand

The Edinburgh International Festival has announced the final strand of its 2019 programme: You Are Here. 

You Are Here completes the line-up for the Edinbugrh International Festival which returns for its 73rd year on 2 – 26 August 2019 and features 93 events, with 293 performances across 17 venues and 2600 artists from 40 nations - bringing the best of theatre, music and dance from across the world to Scotland’s capital.

How are First Nation's peoples in Greenland responding to our rapidly changing world? What does the #metoo movement mean to a young working mother in Lagos? What role is music playing in the search for peace in the Middle East? These are just some of the questions posed by You Are Here. In a season of performances, conversations, readings and fresh thinking, passionate artists from around the globe invite you to explore where we are now and, more importantly, where are we headed.

You Are Here is split into 4 strands:

Main Stage Performances
An extensive programme of 14 main-stage performances from world-leading artists and companies offering extraordinary insight and comment on a local, global and human level. From the experiences of women in modern-day Nigeria to the very real consequences of globalisation for First Nations peoples, these performances will lay bare striking and personal stories that connect our everyday.

The Departure Lounge
A new series of informal performances, conversations, readings and fresh thinking, The Departure Lounge is where the public meet with writers, directors, musicians, choreographers and performers, sharing fresh perspectives and diverse insights shaped by who they are and where they’re from.

Professional Development
A bespoke series of professional development programmes supporting emerging arts professionals and creatives from Scotland and around the world, to learn and exchange ways of working together.

Community Engagement
A series of artist-led community projects connecting Edinburgh residents of all ages directly with the You Are Here programme, through working together with the extraordinary artists driving the conversation and engaging at a local and personal level with the crucial questions posed at its heart.


The Edinburgh International Festival sits within the wider summer season in the Festival City, which will see events and performances at Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh Art FestivalEdinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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