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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about visiting the International Festival. If you have another question not listed here you can contact us, send an email to or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

How do I book tickets?

You can buy tickets for all International Festival events on this site, by calling Hub Tickets on +44 (0)131 473 2000, or by visiting us in person at The Hub at Castlehill. 

Hub Tickets are open Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

The programme for the 2020 International Festival will be announced in Spring 2020.

Where do I collect my tickets?

If you have selected to collect your tickets, you can pick them up from our friendly Box Office staff at The Hub until the day of the event. Tickets will be available to collect from the event venue from one hour before the performance.

If you have selected e-tickets, they will have been emailed to you at the time of booking. Make sure you check your ‘junk’ folder in case they have accidentally found their way there. If you still can’t find them, please email

​What concessions and discounts do you offer?

You can find out more information about ticket discounts and special offers here.

Can I return tickets once I’ve bought them?

Once booked, tickets are non-refundable. You can find out more information on the terms and conditions of Hub Tickets sales here.

Can I take part in the International Festival?

All companies and artists taking part in the International Festival are here by invitation from our Festival Director. The planning of each year's International Festival – an exhilarating mix of music, theatre, opera and dance from the world's leading artists – is an ongoing process. Projects and programmes are developed with companies and individual performers often several years in advance.

The Festival Director and colleagues keep in touch with what's happening in the arts around the globe, travelling the world in search of artists and performances to bring to Edinburgh. 

If you think you or your company have something exciting that the Edinburgh International Festival is missing then email or send invitations and information to:

Planning Administrator
Edinburgh International Festival
The Hub

Please note that we receive a lot of information and unfortunately are not able to acknowledge receipt or return material. 

Singers in Scotland can take part in the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, which performs in several concerts each year. To find out more, see the Chorus's page.

​ What are the future dates of the International Festival?

The International Festival happens every August - next year it runs 7-31 August 2020.

Provisional dates for the International Festival in forthcoming years are listed below:

7-31 August 2020
6-30 August 2021
5-29 August 2022

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