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Thinking afresh about the music

Philippe Herrweghe was offered an enviable opportunity at this year's Festival: direct the three works he finds most beautiful.

Decadence and freedom in the Weimar Republic

Ute Lemper discusses the music of Kurt Weill and other Weimar composers.

The Commonwealth at the Festival

Check out our interactive map of our Festival 2014 Commonwealth artists.

Take your seat for the James Plays

Be part of the people's parliament on the James Plays stage...

Extension of spirit

Five years before his death in 1974, American iconoclast Harry Partch wrote to one of his main supporters, the art collector Betty Freeman.

Festival First Timers: Young People

Whether it's your first time or you've been before, the Festival is always exciting...

Filling your Festival diary

Get booking and invite your friends!

Help! What should I see?

Find the shows you will love this summer.

Music to an imaginary ballet

If you thought Australian composer Percy Grainger’s music was all about ‘English Country Gardens’ and pleasantly bubbling folk tunes, think again.

World-class artists at Greyfriars

Combat, suffering, renewal and collaboration take centre stage in the kirk.

A towering masterpiece

"A very troubled piece" - find out about Mahler's Sixth from conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

When words fail, music speaks

Welcome to classical music week here at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Discover your soundtrack

Find out about the music and the stories behind the concerts with Sinfini Music.

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert poster competition

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

Getting in to opera

Never been to an opera before? These resources will help you know what to expect.

War is personal

The First World War may not have been the “war that will end war” but it has lost little of its power to terrify and enthral.