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How your donation will be used
Each and every donation, no matter how large or small, is most gratefully received, helping to provide us with the funds needed to invite the world’s most talented artists to Edinburgh and ensure the International Festival remains a world-class event each year.
In 2017 donations played a vital role in helping to present an ambitious programme in celebration of our 70th anniversary; over 2,000 world-class artists from 40 different nations came together to perform to audiences from around the world. The programme celebrated moments of repertoire from 1947, companies that played an important role in the International Festival’s history and individuals who have made a unique contribution across the years. The Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom opened the 70th anniversary programme in an epic outdoor spectacle that transformed Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square into a magical night garden through light and sound installations and large-scale projection. Nine operas were presented across just three weeks with outstanding performances from soloists in Wagner’s Die Walküre and Britten’s Peter Grimes, and Castlebrae Community High School was transformed into an International venue housing London-based hip hop dance company Boy Blue Entertainment and their powerful performance of Project R.E.B.E.L. The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert closed the International Festival with a bang in a 45 minute fireworks display, choreographed to music performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Already our attention has turned to planning for the 2018 International Festival programme and we’re asking you to help us to achieve this and more in 2018 by making a donation today.
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Other ways to make a difference
Play an integral role with the International Festival by choosing to donate at the highest level as an International Festival Benefactor or through one of the Director's funds. Your support can go directly towards our core programming costs or towards a particular area of the International Festival programme.
The donations of our Benefactors make a significant impact on the work of the International Festival. Depending on their particular area of interest, Benefactors can choose to dedicate their support towards a particular performance or strand of work at the International Festival that they are most passionate about. Alternatively we welcome donations towards our general programming costs, enabling us to direct support towards those projects most in need of funds. These donors enjoy unrivalled access to performances and special events.
We ask Benefactors for a minimum donation of £5,000. If you too have a passion for the arts and would like to make a generous and profound difference to the International Festival, please contact Sadie McKinlay, Head of Development on +44 (0)131 473 2062 or email email@example.com for an informal chat.
The Director’s Funds
In 2015 the Edinburgh International Festival brought together a group of like-minded philanthropists who are committed to the future development of the International Festival and in particular assisting us to achieve our longer-term goals in the areas of commissioning, education and opera. This is our highest level of engagement with the International Festival.
‘I believe that some areas of the International Festival’s work require strategic longer-term preparation to truly maximise their potential. In order to allow such future planning I have introduced three new funds – the EIF Commissioning Fund, the EIF Opera Development Fund and the EIF Education Fund. I am excited to work with our donors over the coming years to explore together what more the International Festival can achieve in these areas.’ Fergus Linehan, Festival Director
The Opera Development Fund
The Edinburgh International Festival audience deserves a first-class, well-rounded opera offering that truly delivers upon the International Festival’s reputation as one of the leading performing arts events in the world. In order to successfully deliver such a programme a secure, stable source of funding and a clear, strategic long-term view are essential. Being able to plan with certainty several years in advance provides the opportunity to work with the best companies and enables world-class casting possibilities.
Internationally acclaimed Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma was funded by James and Morag Anderson through the Edinburgh International Festival Opera Development Fund.
The Commissioning Fund
The International Festival Commissioning Fund supports the commissioning of new works and productions across the art forms presented by the International Festival, allowing a more personal conversation with our artists and seeing the Festival involved from the beginning of the creative process as both a commissioning and presenting partner.
In 2016 the International Festival’s commissions and co-productions included Cosi fan tutte - a production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, The TEAM and National Theatre of Scotland’s Anything that Gives off Light, James Thierrée’s The Toad Knew, The Holy Body Tattoo’s monumental and Martin Green’s Flit.
The Toad Knew was funded by Sir Ewan and Lady Brown through the Edinburgh International Festival Commissioning Fund.
The Education Fund
Our Creative Learning team work year round with schools and the community to deliver a range of classes, workshops and performances. Designed to encourage engagement with the International Festival and with the arts in general, we present a variety of opportunities which bring together artists, educators, young people and audiences to discuss and learn from each other in an open and exploratory space.
Our aim is that young people growing up in Edinburgh are aware of Edinburgh’s rich cultural history and its position today as the world’s preeminent Festival city, fostering a love of the International Festival and the arts more generally that will see them become both the artists and the audiences of the future.
The International Festival’s Creative Learning programme is supported by James and Morag Anderson through the Edinburgh International Festival Education Fund.
The Art of Listening project is supported by Michael Shipley and Philip Rudge.
To find out more about the Director’s Funds contact Sadie McKinlay, Head of Development on +44 (0)131 473 2062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal chat.