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International Festival Portraits | Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida talks about living for music and the unpredictability of performing on stage.

International Festival Portraits | Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar talks about the electricity of being on stage and how music helps us connect to each other.

International Festival Portraits | Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn talks about the excitement, emotion and live experience of theatre.

International Festival Portraits | Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell talks about first discovering music and what that journey means to him.

International Festival Portraits | Zinnie Harris

Zinnie Harris talks about writing and forming stories, and why that has always been a part of being human.

International Festival Portraits | Martin Creed

Martin Creed talks about trying to be true and make other people’s lives better.

Weekly playlist #07

Dive into PJ Harvey's catalogue ahead of her two International Festival concerts.

Get to know Bryn Terfel

Get to know Bryn Terfel ahead of his two appearances at the 2017 International Festival.

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert School Poster Competition

Are you 5 to 12 years old? A budding young artist? Don't miss your chance to win!

International Festival launches cultural leaders Mentor Programme

The International Festival launches a cultural leaders mentor programme in celebration of it's 70th anniversary. Apply now!

St Cecilia’s Hall concerts

Find out more about the series of performances tailor-made for the recently renovated 18th century concert hall as part of the 2017 International Festival.

Weekly playlist #06

In the week marking the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth, our playlist features a selection of his works.

The 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi's birth

Our 2017’s music programme features Monteverdi’s three surviving operas, the ‘other’ Vespers and a modern-day premiere of his rediscovered work.

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn on The Divide

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn discusses his new play The Divide, which is part of the 2017 International Festival.

Weekly playlist #05

Discover the 2017 International Festival opera programme in our new weekly playlist.

Celebrating all things opera

A look at the 2017 International Festival opera programme and the celebration of European Opera Days.