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International Festival Portraits | Alan Ayckbourn

Theatre is the only place where we can go as people and remind ourselves of what it is to be human

 - Alan Ayckbourn

Artists from the heart of the International Festival.

Celebrated playwright and storyteller Alan Ayckbourn talks about the excitement, emotion and thought-provoking live experience of theatre.

Alan Ayckbourn brings new work The Divide in two parts to the King’s Theatre on 8-20 August as part of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival. Book your tickets now.

Watch him talk about the performance on our blog.


The International Festival Portraits are a series of interviews with actors, choreographers, musicians, conductors, writers and directors talking about the art that they love.

The 2017 International Festival Portraits feature Alan AyckbournAnoushka ShankarJoshua BellMartin CreedMitsuko Uchida and Zinnie Harris in a series of personal reflections on their art-form, the nature of live performance, and the unique connection they experience with an audience every time they take to the stage.

One of Scotland’s best loved folk singers announced for Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Scottish traditional music star Karen Matheson joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on stage at the iconic closing event of the International Festival

Winners announced for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert poster competition

Three talented young artists have won the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert poster competition, supported by Forth One, with their outstanding designs.

Full Programme for Spirit of ‘47 Announced

The International Festival and British Council announce full details for Spirit of ’47, a co-curated programme celebrating international cultural collaboration.