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Friends and Patrons can keep up to date with the Festival year round via our regular newsletters and ebulletins 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 2014 Friends Events Programme

Ghosts in a Garden
Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Sunday 23 March, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Talk on the Czech Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Glass Room, The Hub
Wednesday 9 April, 6.00pm

Edinburgh Festival Chorus Rehearsal
Main Hall Gallery, The Hub
Tuesday 29 April, 6.50pm

ANTA Private Shopping Event
ANTA, 119 George Street, Edinburgh
Tuesday 13 May, 6.30pm

Royal Society of Edinburgh Discussion Event – The James Plays
Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street
Wednesday 4 June, 6.00pm

Up close with The Great Tapestry of Scotland
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Wednesday 16 July, 5.30pm

Owen Wingrave Friends and Patrons’ Reception
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
Friday 15 August, 7.00pm

Friends on Monday
Cafe Hub, Edinburgh
7 April, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July 10.30am

To purchase tickets online: click here.
Download the full programme here.

Previous Friends Events Programmes

Autumn/Winter 2013 Events Programme
Summer 2013 Events Programme

2014 Overseas Trip

Our 2014 overseas tour will see us visit Dresden during the 38th Dresden Music Festival as well as the city’s celebrations of the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. Download the full itinerary here and if you have any questions or would like to make a reservation please contact Lucy Ayling on 020 7593 2286 or