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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.

International Festival welcomes The Earl of Wessex as New Patron

The Earl of Wessex has become Royal Patron of the Edinburgh International Festival, taking on the patronage from Her Majesty The Queen.

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.

Full cast for The Divide announced

Read about the full cast for the stage production of Alan Ayckbourn's new play The Divide

Behind the scenes of The Divide rehearsals

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

Launch of Storytelling Website to Celebrate 70 Years of the International Festival

The International Festival has launched a new storytelling website to celebrate 70 years of unifying artists and audiences from across the world.

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.

Professor Niall Lothian OBE elected as Chairman of the Board

The Board of Trustees of the International Festival has elected Professor Niall Lothian as its next Chairman.

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom details announced

The Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom will see St Andrew Square transformed into a magical night garden through light and sound installations and large-scale projection as part of the opening weekend of the 2017 International Festival on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August.

Rhinoceros rehearsals kick off

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

Weekly playlist #12

Get to know a few of the 50 numbers from the 50 Song Memoir by The Magnetic Fields in our new playlist, ahead of Stephin Merritt's two International Festival concerts.

One of Scotland’s best loved folk singers announced for Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Scottish traditional music star Karen Matheson joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on stage at the iconic closing event of the International Festival

Winners announced for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert poster competition

Three talented young artists have won the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert poster competition, supported by Forth One, with their outstanding designs.