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A taste of Midsummer

Watch a little video excerpt of Midsummer, where Bob and Helena sing about dealing with a hangover


The Meaning Behind The Movements: Programme Notes for Five Telegrams

Discover what this year's International Festival Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event is all about, and how it conveys concepts of communication in the First World War.


48 hours at the International Festival

Let’s imagine what your first 48 hours at the International Festival could look like this August. Ready? Steady? Go!


Make the most of your first trip to the International Festival

Not sure where to begin planning your first visit to the International Festival? We’ve put together some handy tips to help you get started


2018 Playlist #18

With one week to go until the International Festival begins, we asked you what you're most looking forward to hearing live this August.


The International Festival and Sustainability - Not Waiting for Godot

​What does Waiting for Godot have to do with climate change? Catriona Patterson of Creative Carbon Scotland says we should stop waiting and take green action.


Scottish Composers in the Programme

We celebrate the groundbreaking talent in Scotland's classical and contemporary music worlds.


Details announced for Power, Gender and the Arts

Details announced for an afternoon of debate, discussion and performance that will explore the history and reality of power in the creative industries.


Paying tribute to the First World War's centenary

100 years after WWI, parts of our programme reflect on past sacrifices and instill hope for continued international unity.


2018 Playlist #17

100 years after the widely celebrated composer's birth, we celebrate the music and lasting influence of Leonard Bernstein.


How a techno piper reinvented Scotland's Bothy Culture

Meet Scotland's ultimate folk revival album, its new orchestral sound, and the man who started it all, Martyn Bennett.


School’s Out for Summer!

As the school gates shut for the summer we reflect on the engaging work we have undertaken with children and young people.