Since 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival has brought powerful and significant work to delight and challenge the capital’s residents and visitors. Experience some of Edinburgh’s grandest venues, and to complement the performances on offer, a range of participatory events, talks, screenings and conversations with the artists themselves.

Edinburgh’s six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe.

The Festival presents events which cannot easily be achieved by any other UK arts organisation through innovative programming and a commitment to new work.

What makes it special?

Edinburgh International Festival is an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for peoples of all nations. Committed to virtuosity and originality, the International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre for three weeks in August.

Over the course of the year, the International Festival team travel the world in search of the most exciting and creative artists working today. Together, it brings unique collaborations, world premieres, new takes on classic works, critically acclaimed productions and more to captivate, thrill and entertain audiences from around the world. All in one place, right here in Scotland.

In 2017 the International Festival celebrated its 70th anniversary. To mark this occasion, some of the extraordinary stories of artists, creators and people from across the nations, were gathered on a special website. Explore them all and browse through rich multimedia and gems from the archives here:

The grand finale of the Edinburgh International Festival is a longstanding favourite of locals and visitors alike, with hundreds gathering in Princes Street Gardens to enjoy a live classical music performance accompanied by expertly choreographed fireworks shooting from the castle ramparts above.

For more information, to view the full programme, and to book tickets, please visit the Edinburgh International Festival website,