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Get ready for 2017

In 2016 the International Festival welcomed the world and presented some of August's most talked about shows, from the spectacular Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time to ground-breaking new interpretations of Shakespeare's Richard III and Bellini's Norma.

It was a great year. But at the International Festival, we are always looking forward and we'd love to see you again for more unforgettable experiences in our 70th anniversary year in 2017.

Whilst August might feel a long way off now, remember to make a note of the dates below and make sure you secure your tickets for what might be 2017's most talked about shows!

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 15 March
2017 International Festival programme announced and staggered priority booking opens

Saturday 25 March
Booking opens for everyone

Friday 4 August
The 2017 International Festival begins with another special opening event

Monday 28 August
The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the 70th Anniversary year of the International Festival to spectacular close

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Get ready for the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival. It'll be here before you know it!

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.

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.