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Watch free full-length performances with Edinburgh International Festival At Home in partnership with abrdn.


A woman stands looking into a screen on a camera as she films a live performance.
Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

For the first time in our 74-year history, we’re offering audiences worldwide the opportunity to experience performances from the comfort of their own homes, with 18 full-length performances available to watch for free online, presented in partnership with global investment brand abrdn.

Our digital programme features newly commissioned dance works made for film as well as classical and contemporary music, opera, theatre and spoken word performances captured during the 2021 festival. Highlights include the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicola Benedetti, the Chineke! Orchestra, Akram Khan, the National Theatre of Scotland and Talisk. The digital programme will also extend into October and November, providing a global platform for some of our artists beyond the festival season.

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We are looking forward to reuniting artists and audiences once more in Edinburgh this summer, yet we appreciate that some people may not be able to join us in person this year. For the first time in the Festival’s history, we are delighted to offer an extensive programme of digital works for audiences across the UK and around the world to enjoy from home.

Fergus Linehan, Festival Director


As part of our ongoing commitment to accessibility, many of the performances featured in the digital programme will offer audio description, captioning or British Sign Language interpretation. Selected performances from the programme will also be broadcast, streamed or hosted on classical music radio stations BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and music streaming service Apple Music in partnership with Linn Records, to share the return of live performance with a wider audience.


Explore performances and find out more about Edinburgh International Festival At Home in partnership with abrdn, available for free throughout 2021 on eif.co.uk and via major broadcasters.

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Full schedule of digital release on eif.co.uk

11 August

Talisk

11 August

Plays for Today: Women’s Playwriting in Scotland

14 August

Chotto Xenos

15 August

Malcolm Martineau: Walter Scott 250

17 August

You Bury Me

20 August

Dancing in the Streets

22 August

Chineke! Orchestra with William Eddins & Andrea Baker

25 August

Lament for Sheku Bayoh

27 August

A Soldier’s Tale

29 August

Ariadne auf Naxos

7 October

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko & Isata Kanneh-Mason

14 October

Zehetmair Quartet

28 October

A Toast to the People – Inua Ellams & Saul Williams

4 November

Fatma Said & Malcolm Martineau

11 November

A Toast to the People – performers to be confirmed

25 November

Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Elim Chan & Sol Gabetta


Full schedule of media broadcasts

10 August

Ronald Brautigam, Esther Hoppe & Christian Poltera, BBC Radio 3

11 August

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Fazil Say, BBC Radio 3

12 August

Mari Eriksmoen & Daniel Heide, BBC Radio 3

12 August

Zehetmair Quartet (excerpt), Classic FM Facebook

13 August

Steven Osborne, BBC Radio 3

15 August

Malcolm Martineau: Walter Scott 250 (excerpt), Classic FM Facebook

16 August

Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Elim Chan & Sol Gabetta (excerpt), Classic FM Facebook

17 August

Maxim Emelyanychev & Principals of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Radio 3

18 August

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble, BBC Radio 3

18 August

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko & Isata Kanneh-Mason (excerpt), Classic FM Facebook

19 August

Nicola Benedetti: The Story of the Violin, BBC Radio 3

20 August

Elisabeth Leonskaja, BBC Radio 3

21 August

Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Elim Chan & Sol Gabetta (excerpt), Classic FM Facebook

24 August

Mariam Batsashvili, BBC Radio 3

25 August

Noa Wildschut & Elisabeth Brauß , BBC Radio 3

26 August

Renee Fleming & Hartmut Höll, BBC Radio 3

27 August

Gringolts Quartet, BBC Radio 3

28 August

Fatma Said & Malcolm Martineau (excerpt), Classic FM Facebook

3 September

90 min of highlights of the 2021 International Festival broadcast on Classic FM

13 September

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Marin Alsop, BBC Radio 3

14 September

Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Valery Gergiev, BBC Radio 3

15 September

Joyce Di Donato & Il Pomo D’Oro, BBC Radio 3

16 September

Benedetti Baroque Orchestra, BBC Radio 3

29 October

Orchestral Highlights, Apple Music

5 November

A Grand Night for Singing, Apple Music

12 November

A Soldier’s Tale, Apple Music

19 November

Ariadne auf Naxos, Apple Music

26 November

Chamber Music Highlights, Apple Music


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