Frequently asked questions
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Below you can find answers to some frequently asked questions about the Edinburgh International Festival. If you don't find the answer to your question on this page, please contact us.
How do I find performances on eif.co.uk?
You can browse events by clicking on the events menu item at the top of the page. Here you will find information about the different artforms in the Festival. The full events calendar has every Festival event in it. You can use the filters to find your perfect events. The Inspire me tab on the homepage will help you discover Festival events that you might not have considered before. If you already know the name of the performance or the company or artist that you wish to see, enter keywords into the search bar on the homepage or in the right-hand corner of any page. You can browse the Festival brochure online here. After the Festival is over, the events menu will contain information about the previous Festival until the details of the programme for the next Festival are available in March each year.
How do I book tickets?
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How do I get a copy of the Festival brochure?
You can register online here, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)131 473 2000 to receive a copy when the brochure becomes available in March each year. Choose whether to receive it by post, or save paper by receiving an e-brochure. Alternatively, when the programme is launched each year you can pick up a copy from many outlets across the city of Edinburgh, as well as in other locations across the UK. We have a lot of brochures available for you at our home, The Hub, so come and pay us a visit in person!
When is the Festival programme announced?
The programme is generally announced mid March each year. In 2014 it will be announced on Tuesday 18 March. Make sure that you join our mailing list here to receive information as soon as it’s available. You can also follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook for insights and news about the Festival throughout the year.
How does the Edinburgh International Festival differ from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe?
The main difference between the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is in our programming policies. The Edinburgh International Festival principally promotes opera, classical music, dance and theatre, and participation in the International Festival is by invitation only, issued by the Festival Director. The Festival Fringe has no selection process in its programming and is an open access festival for performers; anyone can present any type of work and pay a fee to the Fringe for services such as box office and inclusion in the brochure. To find out more about the Fringe, visit the website. Several other festivals also take place in Edinburgh in the late summer; details of these can be found on our Edinburgh's Festivals page.
Can I take part in the Festival?
All Companies and artists are invited to take part by the Festival Director. You can find out more information about taking part here. Singers in Scotland can audition for the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, which performs in several concerts each year. You may also be interested in Edinburgh's other festivals, such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is open to all.
How do I get a job working for the Festival?
How do I get work experience or an internship with the Festival?
We offer work experience opportunities and internships throughout the year, primarily in conjunction with local schools and universities. We don’t advertise these opportunities and consider applications on a case by case basis. If you wish to be considered for work experience or an internship, please send a CV and covering letter to email@example.com.
What other festivals are there in Edinburgh?
During August, the Edinburgh International Festival is joined by: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo; Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Edinburgh International Book Festival; Edinburgh Art Festival; and Edinburgh Mela.
Throughout the year there are other festivals happening in Edinburgh – the Festival City – including: Edinburgh International Science Festival; Imaginate Children’s Festival; Edinburgh International Film Festival; Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival; Scottish International Storytelling Festival; and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. You can find out information on all of these at edinburghfestivals.co.uk.
Can I return tickets once I’ve bought them?
Once booked, tickets cannot be returned or exchanged. However, we operate a resales service. Tickets are taken back for resale on the condition that they will only be offered for resale once a performance is sold out. A commission applies to tickets sold using this service. For more information please contact Hub Tickets on +44 (0)131 473 2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out more information on the terms and conditions of Hub Tickets sales here. If you become a Priority Friend of the Festival, you will get access to a ticket exchange scheme as well as priority booking. Find out more about the Friends and Patrons scheme here.
How do I update my contact details?
Do you have a Friends or Members scheme?
Yes! Membership starts from £60 which gets you priority booking at the launch each year, regular newsletters and ebulletins with the latest Festival news, access to special events all year round and much more. Find out more about our Friends and Patrons scheme here.
How can my company sponsor the Festival?
Who works for the Festival?
What concessions and discounts does the Festival offer?
Those aged under 18 and students in full-time education can buy any ticket at 50% off on selected performances. Standby tickets with 50% off become available for senior citizens, unemployed people, Young Scot, Equity and MU card holders at the end of July/start of August. You can find out more information about ticket discounts and special offers here.
Do you sell gift vouchers for the Festival?
Where can I find information on Festival venues?
How do I book tickets for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert?
From 29 March 2014, you can book tickets for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert on this site, by calling Hub Tickets on +44 (0)131 473 2000, or visit The Hub at Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE.
Due to the popularity of this event you can now take advantage of a limited number of special Priority Entry tickets for the Gardens. For only an extra £5 you gain access to the gardens a full half hour before the gates open. As ever, ticket holders for the Ross Theatre don’t need to rush to secure their spot in the gardens and so can take their seats once the gates are open.
Princes Street Gardens (standing) tickets are £12.50 and £17.50 with Priority Entry
Ross Theatre (seated) tickets £27.50 standard entry
All tickets are on sale from the opening of booking and are limited to only ten per booking