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Friends and Patrons can keep up to date with the Festival year round via our regular newsletters and emails and are also sent a copy of the Festival brochure.

For the latest news from the Festival you can download a copy of our most recent newsletter here.

Friends and Patrons of the Festival also have access to an exclusive programme of year round events, including everything from backstage tours and talks with artists to overseas trips to joining us for a pre-performance or interval drink during the Festival. We also offer the chance to catch up with fellow members and arts lovers at our regular Friends on Monday coffee mornings plus lunches and afternoon teas throughout the year. These events provide exclusive behind-the-scenes insights, bringing you closer to the Festival and enhancing your Festival experience year round.

Our events programme is released three times a year and you can see the upcoming events listed below, as well as examples of our previous events programmes. Only those with a current Edinburgh International Festival membership will be able to book. Find out more about becoming a Friend or Patron here.

To purchase tickets online: click here.
By phone: call the Membership Office on 0131 473 2065
By post: download the Events Booking Form and return it to:

Friends and Patron Events
Edinburgh International Festival
The Hub, Castlehill
Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.

Autumn 2015 Friends Events Programme

National Library of Scotland Tour
Wednesday 25 November, 2.00pm
George IV Bridge, Edinburgh 

Jenners, A House of Fraser Store Late Night Shopping Event
Thursday 10 December 6pm-9pm
48 Princes St, Edinburgh 

Friends and Patrons Christmas Lunch
Wednesday 16 December, 1.30pm
Waldorf Astoria, Princes St, Edinburgh 

National Portrait Gallery Guided Tour – Document Scotland, The Ties That Bind
Wednesday 20 January, 2.00pm
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh 

Royal Yacht Britannia
Friday 26 February 10.30am
Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh

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Download the full programme here.

Friends and Patrons' Overseas Trip

Details of the 2016 Friends and Patrons’ overseas trip to Budapest in May are available in your November newsletter. If you have any queries, please call the Membership Office on +44(0)131 473 2065.

Previous Friends Events Programmes

Summer 2015 Events Programme
Spring 2015 Events Programme

Autumn/Winter 2014 Events Programme
Summer 2014 Events Programme

Spring 2014 Events Programme

Autumn/Winter 2013 Events Programme

Summer 2013 Events Programme