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

For the latest news from the International 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 2016 Friends Events Programme

Festival Lunch at Twenty Princes Street
Tuesday 9 August, 1.30pm
Twenty Princes Street

Festival Lunch at Iris
Tuesday 11 August, 1.30pm
Iris Restaurant,47A Thistle Street,New Town,Edinburgh

Friends on Monday
12 September,10 October,14 November, 10.30am
Cafe Hub, Castlehill

Festival Lunch at Tower Restaurant
Wendesday 24 August,1.30pm
Tower Restaurant,National Museum of Scotland,Chamber Street

Friends and Patrons' Thank You Reception
Friday 26 August, 7.00pm
The Lyceum, Henry Irving Room

Festival Lunch at First Coast
Tuesday 16 August, 1.30pm
First Coast, Darly Rd, Edinburgh

French Cheese & Wine Tasting with Lothian Wine School
Tuesday 4 October, 7-9pm
Adams Suite, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 18 Royal Terrace

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Download the full programme here.


Previous Friends Events Programmes

Spring 2016 Events Programme
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