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International Festival Portraits | Anoushka Shankar

I think that’s what music can do; it can help us connect to each other

- Anoushka Shankar

Artists from the heart of the International Festival.

Anoushka Shankar, global musical star and sitar virtuoso, talks about the electricity of being on stage and the power of music to help us connect to each other.

Anoushka Shankar plays Land of Gold in concert at the Usher Hall on 16 August as part of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival. Book your tickets now.

Watch her talk about the concert 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 Ayckbourn, Anoushka Shankar, Joshua Bell, Martin Creed, Mitsuko 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.

Portrait Exhibition of Castlebrae High School Pupils

A permanent installation of photographic portraits is a lasting legacy of the International Festival’s relationship with the school.

First show of the 2018 International Festival announced

National Theatre of Scotland's restaging of Midsummer by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre will be part of the 2018 International Festival.

International Festival Photographer Exhibition 2017 opens

Counterpoint, a photography exhibition showcasing the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival opens at The Hub