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Trusts and Foundations

Trusts and Foundations and Cultural Partners provide much needed grants.

Trusts and Foundations

We are very grateful to all the Trusts and Foundations that support our aims to encourage participation in the arts and the opportunity for everyone to experience and enjoy the International Festival. Find out the many ways in which your Trust or Foundation can help us below.

Learning & Engagement
Alongside our artistic programme we also deliver unique learning and engagement opportunities, both year-round and for International Festival specific projects.  These projects encourage participation in the arts by young people, resulting in positive social and educational impacts on individuals, schools and communities.  

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Widening Access
We aim to widen access to the International Festival through specific ticketing initiatives such as the Young Musicians Passport; Accessible Performances for audiences with specific requirements such as BSL, captioned and Audio-Described performances; and programming and marketing initiatives to reach new and under-represented audiences.  

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In 2015 the Edinburgh International Festival began a ground breaking three-year residency with Castlebrae Community High School Edinburgh, with the ambitious aim to support the improvement of the School and the outcomes for pupils. 

Through a range of activities including mentoring, curriculum opportunities in festival management, events and internships we saw the confidence grow in pupils, interpersonal skills developed and a new appreciation for the arts.  

The Edinburgh International Festival is now embarking on a new three-year residency with Leith Academy, designed to enrich the life of the school.

To find our more about how your Charitable Trust and Foundation can support the Edinburgh International Festival, please contact Sadie McKinlay on +44 (0) 131 473 2062 or

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International Cultural Partners

The Edinburgh International Festival was founded in a bold act of optimism and reconciliation, promoting international co-operation and understanding.  These are values it has retained ever since whilst presenting the performing arts of opera, dance, theatre and music at the highest level of excellence.  International cultural partners provide necessary funds to cover travel and accommodation costs to bring artists to Edinburgh.  

To find out more about our partnerships please contact Sadie McKinlay on +44 (0) 131 473 2062 or

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