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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.

Spring/Summer 2015 Friends Events Programme

Talk on the San Francisco Symphony  Orchestra
Glass Room, The Hub
Monday 13 April 6.00pm 

Spring Walk, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Arboretum Place, Edinburgh
Wednesday 15 April, 2.00pm 

Edinburgh Festival Chorus Rehearsal
Main Hall Gallery, The Hub
Tuesday 28April 6.50pm 

Royal Society of Edinburgh Discussion Event – Lanark
Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street
Thursday 21 May, 6.00pm 

Curator Talk, Photography: A Victorian Sensation
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
Friday 26 June 2.00pm 

Murmel Murmel Friends and Patrons’ Reception
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
Saturday 29 August 2.30pm

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Download the full programme here.

2015 Friends and Patron Trip to New York

Our 2015 overseas tour will see us visit New York, with three start-studded performances at the Metropolitan Opera, a backstage tour of the Met and visits to other cultural highlights of the city. For more information please call the Membership Office on +44(0)131 473 2065.

Previous Friends Events Programmes

Autumn/Winter 2014 Events Programme
Summer 2014 Events Programme

Spring 2014 Events Programme

Autumn/Winter 2013 Events Programme

Summer 2013 Events Programme