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Friends and Patrons can keep up to date with the International Festival year round via our regular newsletters.

Friends and Patrons can view the most recent newsletter here.

Friends and Patrons of the International Festival also have access to an exclusive programme of year round events, including everything from backstage tours and talks with artists to overseas trips to joining us for a pre-performance or interval drink during the International Festival. We also offer the chance to catch up with fellow members and arts lovers at our regular Friends on Monday coffee mornings plus lunches and afternoon teas throughout the year. These events provide exclusive behind-the-scenes insights, bringing you closer to the International Festival and enhancing your festival experience year round.

Upcoming events are listed below.

Only those with a current Edinburgh International Festival membership will be able to book. Find out more about becoming a Friend or Patron here.

Book online here.
Book by phone 0131 473 2065

Friends and Patron Events
Edinburgh International Festival
The Hub, Castlehill
Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.


Upcoming events:

Friends on Monday

13 November | 11 December | 8 January | 12 February | 12 March
All at 10.30am
Cafe Hub | The Hub

Suggested minimum donation of £1

Meet with fellow Friends and Patrons at The Hub for tea/coffee, a chat and the odd sweet treat. No need to book, just turn up.

Christmas lunch at Kyloe

Wednesday 13 December, 1pm
Kyloe Restaurant, The Rutland Hotel
1-3 Rutland St, Edinburgh EH1 2AE | £38
Ticket price includes a three course lunch with 2 glasses of wine.

Join fellow Friends and Patrons to celebrate Christmas at Kyloe Restaurant and Grill.

The award-winning gourmet steak restaurant has created an exquisite three course lunch menu that’s perfect for a festive winter’s day.

Places are limited so book by Monday 27 November to avoid disappointment. We have been asked to supply menu choices in advance so please note them on the enclosed form when booking, along with any dietary requirements.

Talk with Andrew Moore, Head of Music at the International Festival

Wednesday 21 February, 6pm – 7.30pm
Dunard Library, The Hub | £5

Ever wondered how the International Festival comes together? Now is your time to find out.

Join Andrew Moore, Head of Music at the International Festival, in an exclusive talk to Friends and Patrons about the curation and scheduling of Queen’s Hall and Usher Hall concerts. Find out how long it takes to plan a Festival, which factors determine creative choices, and the issues that can arise right up until the conductors raise their baton. Followed by a Q&A with Andrew, this event is a must for avid fans of classical music and those who’d like to know more about what goes on behind-the-scenes.


Previous Friends Events Programmes

Autumn 2017 Events Programme
Summer 2017 Events Programme
Spring 2017 Events Programme

Autumn/Winter 2016 Events Programme
Summer 2016 Events Programme
Spring 2016 Events Programme
Summer 2015 Events Programme
Spring 2015 Events Programme
Autumn/Winter 2014 Events Programme
Summer 2014 Events Programme
Spring 2014 Events Programme
Autumn/Winter 2013 Events Programme
Summer 2013 Events Programme