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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.


A day in the life of...a Creative Learning Officer

Creative Learning Officer Emma Hay introduces us to the vibrant, inspiring world that is Creative Learning at the Edinburgh International Festival.


International Festival Portraits | Juliette Binoche

Actress Juliette Binoche passionately describes the importance of actors fusing their body and mind when performing on stage.


International Festival Portraits | Nicola Benedetti

Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti takes a personal look at her own performance style on stage, the vulnerabilities and idiosyncrasies of a musician on stage.


International Festival Portraits | Robert Lepage

Actor, Writer and Director Robert Lepage champions the cultural benefits of the theatrical experience and the role he plays in delivering it.


International Festival Portraits | Anne-Sophie Mutter

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter discusses the life-affirming importance of music as a way of bringing people together and traces the impact it has had throughout her life.


International Festival Portraits | Simon McBurney

Actor and director Simon McBurney reflects on the intensity of live theatre and the co-dependent relationship between audience and performers.