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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

Talk on Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Monday 25 April, 5.30pm
The Hub, Castlehill

Edinburgh Festival Chorus Rehearsal
Tuesday 17 May, 6.50pm
The Hub, Castlehill

Chocolate Making Evening with Thinking Chocolate
Thursday 30 June, 5.30pm
Cafe Hub, Castlehill

Royal Society of Edinburgh Discussion Event - Anything That Gives Off Light
Tuesday 21 June, 6.00pm
Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street

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

Friends on Monday
11 April, 9 May, 13 June, 11 July
Cafe Hub, Castlehill

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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