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Get exclusive behind-the-scenes accounts and all the latest Festival news from our blog as performers prepare for their appearances at the Festival.


All you need to know about the Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Get ready for the Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom with our blog detailing everything you'll need to know.

Five reasons to see Rain at the International Festival

Read our blog to learn more about the iconic contemporary dance piece choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

Meet the performers of MINEFIELD

Get to know the Argentine and British veterans and their stories as they audition for MINEFIELD.

Weekly playlist #16

Listen to the new weekly playlist, telling the tales of the International Festival's 70 year history.

70 years of stories in the International Festival programme

Read some of the past tales helping to shape this year's programme in our blog celebrating 70 years of the International Festival.

What is the Spirit of ’47?

We’re taking a closer look at the Spirit of ‘47 programme co-curated with the British Council, a co-founder of the International Festival.

Five reasons to let Don Giovanni seduce you this August

To be clear – we mean the Mozart opera coming to the International Festival, not the infamous seducer; he’s trouble for sure.

Weekly playlist #15

This week we bring you an exciting and varied mix of International Festival staff picks in our new weekly playlist.

Five conductors share their operatic favourites

Hear from five conductors about their favourite musical moments from the operas they’re bringing to the International Festival this year.

Get to know musicians joining The Music of The Incredible String Band line-up

To tell us about more about The Music of The Incredible String Band line-up is curator of the concert Joe Boyd, who managed the band and produced their albums in the 1960s.

A Flight like no other

Learn more about Flight by Vox Motus as we report back from a visit to their workshop in Glasgow.

Weekly playlist #14

We asked about your first International Festival concerts and created a playlist of beautiful musical memories.

Behind the scenes of The Divide rehearsals

Watch a brand new video and photos featuring director Annabel Bolton and the cast of The Divide

Get to know María Pagés

Get to know the brilliant flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés, who brings Yo, Carmen to the International Festival this August.

Weekly playlist #13

Be swooned, moved and thrilled with the sound of string instruments played by some of the incredibly talented musicians from our 2017 programme.

Rhinoceros rehearsals kick off

Turkish director Murat Daltaban and his company DOT Theatre arrived in Edinburgh for their first rehearsals at the Lyceum Theatre.