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James McArdle on tackling an epic

James McArdle makes a welcome return to the International Festival next month in Peter Gynt. We spoke to the actor about the epic production, preparing for such a demanding role and his top tips for Festival-goers this August.


1927: Animating Roots

Paul Barritt, Co-Artistic Director of 1927, talks us through his animation process for creating productions like Roots.


2019 Playlist #15

In our latest playlist, listen to some classical music highlights from this year's Usher Hall programme.


Get to know... Helen Pickett

We spoke to choreographer Helen Pickett about creating The Crucible and the themes she's loved interpreting in her dance adaptation of Arthur Miller's iconic play.


Getting global with Shooglenifty

As part of the International Festival’s Global Communities programme, members of Scottish Celtic fusion band Shooglenifty led workshops at Canongate Youth and Lyra ahead of their performance at The Lyceum this August.


Critically acclaimed works in the programme

Find out what the critics had to say about some of the theatre and dance shows from this year’s programme.


Marcel Khalife: The Arabic Bob Dylan

Marcel Khalife's incredible career has spanned over 40 years, taking him from music teacher to one of the most popular musicians of the Arab world.


2019 Playlist #14

Earlier this week we announced all the details for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle so our latest playlist features some of the movie music you'll hear during the spectacular opening to the International Festival this August.


Heart of Hollywood

In celebration of this year’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle, we’ve been working with local schools around Tynecastle Park to explore orchestras and the work of the LA Phil, as well as celebrating Hollywood film scores and their importance to cinema.


Five reasons to see Peter Gynt

War hero, raconteur, man of the people, heartbreaker… Olympic athlete? Here are five reasons why you should pay Peter Gynt a visit this August.


Full details announced for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle

Celebrating its 100th anniversary the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and legendary conductor Gustavo Dudamel perform at Tynecastle Park stadium for the spectacular opening of the International Festival.


2019 Playlist #13

This week's playlist dives into the music and composers within You Are Here, a season of performances, conversations, readings and fresh thinking.