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Mahler's Last Notes

This year's International Festival highlights the late works of Gustav Mahler - sublime music, written during a period of intense drama within the composer's life.


International Festival Portraits | Meow Meow

Cabaret Artiste Meow Meow talks about bringing a true, human vulnerability into heightened performance, and the absolute, jubilant necessity of art in our lives.


International Festival Portraits | John Tiffany

Director John Tiffany talks the moment he knew he wanted to be a director, and the projects that most excite and inspire him.


International Festival Portraits | Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming talks about how knew he wanted to be an actor, and the electric moments of connection he experiences in live theatre.


International Festival Portraits | Barry Humphries

Actor Barry Humphries talks about his experience of creating and performing different characters, and the extraordinary energy of ‘pre-cataclysmic’ art.


International Festival Portraits | James Yorkston

Musician James Yorkston talks about his first gig, and the extraordinary joy and privilege of being able to make music.


International Festival Portraits | Crystal Pite

Crystal Pite talks about how she became a choreographer and the intense joy that comes with the act of creation.


International Festival Portraits | Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop talks about the day she decided she wanted to be a conductor, and the process of bringing music on the page to full, vivid life.


Crossing the Border

This year's International Festival explores the huge shifts in Classical Music that occurred at the turn of the 20th Century.


Cabaret in the Weimar Republic

Get to know the raucous, revolutionary music of the Weimar Republic ahead of Barry Humphries' concert at the International Festival this August.


The Art of Listening Goes Down Under...

Emma, our Creative Learning Officer, explains how they are extending the International Festival's educational arm overseas and challenging perceptions of classical music.


Shakespeare at the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and the Edinburgh International Festival is celebrating him in truly international style.