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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.

Whats On Su A Lee

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 

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Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra to visit 2020 Edinburgh International Festival in celebration of Japan’s Olympic Summer

Announcement made as Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs Fiona Hyslop visits Tokyo ahead of 2020 Olympic Games​​.