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Five reasons to see Breaking the Waves

Missy Mazzoli's dark and daring opera caused a sensation when it premiered in 2016. Opening at the International Festival this week, here are five reasons why you should catch the European premiere of Breaking the Waves.


Week Two: All about the five star review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews from week two of the 2019 International Festival.


Five reasons to see HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True

HEAR WORD! is a collection of multi-generational stories of inequality and transformation. Here are five reasons why it's a must see this August. ​


Get to know... Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Get to know Serge Aimé Coulibaly,​ the man behind Faso Danse Théâtre and the ​carnival of insurrection that is ​Kalakuta Republik.


West Side Story wows

Last night Sir John Eliot Gardiner finally realised a 60+ year old dream as he conducted a concert performance of West Side Story. It was definitely worth the wait...


Opening weekend reviews round-up

A collection of reviews from the first weekend of the 2019 International Festival.


Sun, Seagulls and Supergirl

Let's take a moment to relive some of the unforgettable moments from the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle.


A weekend trip to the Festival City

Planned your August already? If not, don’t worry! We’re here to help. Let’s take a look at what your first 48 hours at the International Festival could look like this weekend.


Get to know... Robert Icke

Get to know the man behind Internationaal Theater Amsterdam's revelatory updating of Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus before it hits theatres this August.


2019 Playlist #17

With the 2019 International Festival opening next week, we asked you, our audience, what you're most looking forward to hearing live this August for our final playlist filled with the people's picks.


Five reasons to see The Crucible

A story of fear, fanaticism, moral uncertainty and personal integrity. We've got five reasons why you should experience the world premiere of Scottish Ballet's The Crucible this August.


International Companies at the International Festival

We're living up to our name, with renowned companies from across the world coming to Edinburgh this August. Here's an introduction to just a few of them.