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2018 Eiflaunch78 Photo: Neil Hanna

Looking Back At The Launch


And just like that - we're launched! We take a look back at the excitement of the announcement and launch party.

Photo: Neil Hanna

Thank you to everybody who made it along to our programme announcement last Wednesday- has it really been a week already? The McEwan Hall was filled with excitement and has never looked so yellow!

Coming to the International Festival this August are the likes of Marin Alsop, Akram Khan, St. Vincent, Nicola Benedetti; and companies such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and Opéra de Lyon.

Some of the today's finest young classical musicians will take to the stage. and Leith Theatre will play host to a nightly line-up of Scotland's best musicians and collectives in Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside

Relive the evening through our photo gallery below:

Watch it back

The programme announcement was streamed live from our Facebook page on the evening. If you were unable to make the event, you can watch it back below!

Your reactions...

Our social media team were kept just a little bit busy on launch night thanks to the brilliant reactions from audiences, artists and companies. 

Here is our pick of them below:


Tickets for International Festival performances went on sale in a priority period to Festival Friends and Patrons on Saturday 17 March. There's still time to become a friend! Click here for more information.  

Public sales go live at 10am on Saturday 24 March. A range of prices are available across the programme, with tickets starting from just £8. 

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