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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

10 July | 11 September | 9 October | 13 November - 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.

Festival lunch at The Apartment

Monday 7 August 1.30pm
The Apartment Restaurant, 7-13 Barclay Pl, Edinburgh, EH10 4HW | 29.50
Ticket includes a three-course lunch with two drinks; wine/beer/soft drink.
Bookings must be made by Tuesday 1 August.

We will begin our lunch programme at family–run independent Bruntsfield restaurant The Apartment which we are sure will set a high standard for the continuing weeks.

Festival lunch at La Petite Mort

Monday 14 August 1.30pm
La Petite Mort, 32 Valleyfield St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LR | £28
Ticket includes a three-course lunch, a glass of wine and tea/coffee.
Bookings must be made by Monday 24 July.

Lunch at La Petite Mort really is one not to miss. A relaxed and welcoming environment celebrating the finest of Scotland’s artisan supplies.

Festival lunch at Ishka

Monday 21 August 1.30pm
Ishka, 83 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8BU | £29
Ticket includes a three-course lunch with a glass of wine and tea/coffee
Bookings must be made by Monday 7 August.

Billed as the ‘best in Modern Scottish cuisine with nods to the Mediterranean’, Ishka is Morrison Street’s latest addition to the restaurant scene.

Behind the Scenes

Head of Technical, John Robb will once again be conducting backstage tours for the following productions:

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom | Costa, St Andrew Sq.
Saturday 5 August 1pm | £5
The Divide | King’s Theatre, 2 Leven St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ
Thursday 10 August 11am | £5
Macbeth | Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT
Saturday 19 August 11am | £5
Oresteia: This Restless House | The Lyceum, Grindlay St, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX
Wednesday 23 August 11am | £5
La bohème | Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT
27 August 1pm | £5

The tours will begin at the foyer of each theatre.

Orchestra rehearsal

Friends and Patrons can observe Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino rehearsing sections of Verdi’s Requiem.

As this is a working rehearsal, pieces will not necessarily be played in their entirety.

NB In order to not disturb the performers please arrive in plenty of time for the start of the rehearsal and be advised that late comers will not be permitted. Seats are unreserved and the seating area will be allocated on arrival. There is no access to other parts of the hall or backstage area. Please only leave the rehearsal at a recognised break.

Rehearsal of Verdi’s Requiem
Tuesday 22 August 11am
Suggested minimum donation of £5

Further rehearsals and events will be announced in July via email.


Previous Friends Events Programmes

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