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Here's to 2018!


Make a note of the 2018 International Festival dates and get ready for more memorable moments

2017 was an incredible year as we celebrated the 70th anniversary in style. From the Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom to the new production of the first ever opera to be performed at the International Festival in 1947, August was packed with creativity, excitement, virtuosity, and a dash of glitter. 

Now we are looking forward to the next 70 years and planning for the 2018 International Festival has already begun! In fact, the first show for the next year has just been announced recently - click here for a sneak peek. We’re excited to share what’s coming up with you, so pop the dates below in your diaries and phones to make sure you’re one of the first to secure your tickets for more memorable moments in 2018.

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Explore the full 2018 programme now

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Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 14 March
International Festival programme announced

Saturday 17 March 
Priority booking opens for Friends

Saturday 24 March
Booking opens for everyone

3 – 27 August
2018 International Festival

We hope you enjoyed your experiences in 2017, and would like to thank you for helping to make it so special, as we welcomed some incredible artists to Edinburgh across the world class programme of opera, theatre, music and dance. Revisit some of the highlights on our blog an in the video below, and tell us about yours online using #EdintFest.

Bloom Day Of

Photo credit:
All photos © Beth Chalmers - International Festival Photographer 

Other news


National Theatre of Scotland join the 2019 programme with work by Jackie Kay

Red Dust Road, an adaptation of poet Jackie Kay’s memoir, will be premiered at the 2019 International Festival.


Sir Ian McKellen returns to the International Festival

Sir Ian McKellen will return to the International Festival with a new production that celebrates his 80th birthday. Tickets on sale from March 2019.


Francesca Hegyi OBE appointed as Executive Director of Edinburgh International Festival

Having previously studied and worked in Edinburgh, Francesca returns to the city to join the International Festival in February 2019.


Get to know Aidan Oliver, Chorus Director of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Aidan Oliver answers some quickfire questions as he prepares to lead the Edinburgh Festival Chorus