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Get to know James Thierrée

Learn a little more about the mesmerising James Thierrée ahead of his Edinburgh International Festival performance of The Toad Knew

Ten great reasons to come to the International Festival this August

With just one month to go until the Edinburgh International Festival, we're sharing ten of the best reasons for you to join us in Edinburgh this August.

Winners announced for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert poster competition

Eight talented young artists have won the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert poster competition with their outstanding designs.

Longlist | Virgin Money Fireworks Concert poster competition

A gallery of pictures of longlisted entries for the Virgin Money Fireworks Poster Competition

Mahler's Last Notes

This year's International Festival highlights the late works of Gustav Mahler - sublime music, written during a period of intense drama within the composer's life.

Photo Gallery | Standard Life Opening event: Deep Time

Here's a sneak preview of Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time. See Castle Rock transformed into glorious portal to Edinburgh's 350 million year past.

News about the Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time

News about how the epic, free opening event which sees Castle Rock transformed into a magnificent portal to the past

International Festival Portraits | Meow Meow

Cabaret Artiste Meow Meow talks about bringing a true, human vulnerability into heightened performance, and the absolute, jubilant necessity of art in our lives.

International Festival Portraits | John Tiffany

Director John Tiffany talks the moment he knew he wanted to be a director, and the projects that most excite and inspire him.

International Festival Portraits | Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming talks about how knew he wanted to be an actor, and the electric moments of connection he experiences in live theatre.

International Festival Portraits | Barry Humphries

Actor Barry Humphries talks about his experience of creating and performing different characters, and the extraordinary energy of ‘pre-cataclysmic’ art.

International Festival Portraits | James Yorkston

Musician James Yorkston talks about his first gig, and the extraordinary joy and privilege of being able to make music.

International Festival Portraits | Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop talks about the day she decided she wanted to be a conductor, and the process of bringing music on the page to full, vivid life.

International Festival Portraits | Crystal Pite

Crystal Pite talks about how she became a choreographer and the intense joy that comes with the act of creation.

Crossing the Border

This year's International Festival explores the huge shifts in Classical Music that occurred at the turn of the 20th Century

Art of Listening Goes Global

The International Festival’s Creative Learning team has spent ten days in Melbourne, Australia showcasing the Art of Listening workshop to teachers and children.