Our Nation Welcomes the World on International Day of Friendship

To mark International Day of Friendship we’re celebrating our friends from across the globe coming to join us in Edinburgh this August.

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has revealed Lyon-based Musique de l’Artillerie as the first international act to show its paces on Edinburgh Castle’s iconic Esplanade this August, alongside a glittering array of other international military and cultural friends and allies, drawn from across the world.

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Canada Hub returns to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, showcasing the very best of Canada’s contemporary performance scene. Shows include Indigenous Contemporary Scene’s Kanata Cabaret Hour; and theatre show Pathetic Fallacy, which looks at how society processes extreme weather events. The Canadian province of Québec also has a standalone strand, with shows such as Blizzard, a wintry physical theatre piece by FLIP Fabrique; and live music show The Scots Musical Museum: Sea Shanty Sing-Along Concert.

Hear Now


At Edinburgh International Festival ten of Nigeria’s biggest stars come together to tell stories of domestic violence, overturning the status quo, abuse, disrespect, bravery, sisterhood and joy. Hear Word! is Nigerian pidgin English for ‘Listen and Comply’. In this unflinchingly honest performance, ten of Nigeria’s biggest stars of theatre, film and television come together on stage to tell multi-generational stories of inequality and transformation.

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New Zealand

The Edinburgh International Book Festival presents a truly international programme, with indigenous languages playing a key role. Throwing Voices is a unique collaborative project looking at how local language, culture and tradition can resonate across linguistic divides. Five pairs of authors have shared words and objects and worked with a musician to create a boundary-crossing performance. Among them, Gaelic poet Rody Gorman and New Zealand writer Tayi Tibble work with Scottish Indian beatbox artist Bigg Taj.

This of course is just a flavour of the visiting performers, combined the five August Edinburgh Festivals will welcome artists and audiences from 85 different countries around the world.

We look forward to welcoming the world to Edinburgh, the Festival City.

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