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About Us

The Edinburgh International Festival exists to bring world-leading artists together with audiences

For three weeks in August, Scotland’s capital becomes an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for people of all nations. The International Festival present a programme featuring finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre.

Our impact extends beyond the annual programme, our community learning and engagement, and professional development programmes run throughout the year, reaching the widest possible audiences and contributing to the cultural and social life of Edinburgh and Scotland.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, it will not be possible to present the 2020 Edinburgh International Festival. Work begins on a 2021 Festival that will return to boost both our spirits and our economy when it is safe to do so. To read more about this disappointing decision and stay up to date with our news in the meantime, visit our blog here.

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