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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 | 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.

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.

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.

Photo Gallery | Natalia Osipova in rehearsal

Check out these behind-the-scenes images ahead of 'Natalia Osipova and Guests' at this year's International Festival.

Press reaction to ANOHNI's Hopelessness

“In her singing I am reminded of what we mean by "soul" music: empathy, pain, sincerity, dignity, the truth of life.”

Photo Gallery | Looking back at Launch

The International Festival line-up is revealed to the world, and we celebrate the culmination of many months of hard work...

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 Chat with Jai Parsons

Aspiring chef and all-round nice guy Jai Parsons shares his dreams, aspirations and favourite recipes...

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

"We aim to liberate passion and potential that already exists in people and present it in a new light, or sometimes just give existing lights new bulbs."