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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.

Summer 2015 Friends Events Programme

Chorus 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
Friday 7 Aug 9.00pm

Wine Tasting at Institut Français
13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh
Tuesday 11 August 4.30pm

Antigone Backstage Tour
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Edinburgh.
Wednesday 12 August 10.00am

Lunch at Café St Honore
34 Thistle Street North West Lane, Edinburgh
Tuesday 18 August 1.30pm

887 and The Encounter Backstage Tour
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Morrison Street, Edinburgh.
Wednesday 19 August 11.00am

Lunch at The Raeburn
112 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Friday 21 August 1.30pm

Jenners, a House of Frasers Store Artist Party
48 Princes St, Edinburgh
Sunday 23 August 9.30pm

Gianandrea Noseda in conversation with the European Union Youth Orchestra
Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh
Monday 24August 5.30pm

Late Lunch at Contini Cannonball
Contini Cannonball, 356 Castle Hill, Edinburgh
Tuesday 25 August 2.30pm

Magic Flute Back Stage Tour
Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh.
Friday 28 August 2.00pm

Family Back Stage Tour – Dragon
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh
Sunday 16 August 3.15pm (following 2.00pm Performance)

Scottish Art: People, Places, Ideas.
City Art Centre
Monday 21 September 10am 

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Friends and Patrons' Overseas Trip

Details of the 2016 Friends and Patrons’ overseas trip will be included in your November newsletter. If you have any queries in the meantime please call the Membership Office on +44(0)131 473 2065.

Previous Friends Events Programmes

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