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Our Archive

Here you can discover previous International Festival events

Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True

iOpenEye / Ifeoma Fafunwa

Ten of Nigeria’s biggest stars come together to tell stories of domestic violence, overturning the status quo, abuse, disrespect, bravery, sisterhood and joy.

19-25 August 2019

Hard to Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer

Prime Cut Productions / Oona Doherty

A dance piece which looks behind the masks of violence and machismo to the inner lives of Belfast hard men and strong women.

21-24 August 2019

Roots

1927

The graphically glorious 1927 return to the International Festival with the European premiere of brand-new show Roots.

9-25 August 2019

Efterklang

Returning from a six-year hiatus the Danish indie rock group make their International Festival debut at Leith Theatre

23 August 2019

Purposeless Movements

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company / Robert Softley Gale

Raucously funny and brutally honest, Purposeless Movements is an eye-opening dance theatre work.

19-24 August 2019

Breaking the Waves

Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera

The European premiere of a new opera from Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek adapted from Lars von Trier’s controversial film.

21-24 August 2019

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Unforgettable orchestral classics and 400,000 fireworks launched from Edinburgh’s iconic Castle make this one of the biggest fireworks concerts in the world.

26 August 2019

Rite of Spring

Peacock Contemporary Dance Company / Yang Liping

A visually stunning, exhilarating dance reinterpretation of Stravinsky’s masterpiece. 

22-24 August 2019

Orchestre de Paris 1

Berlioz and Beethoven

Berlioz’s colourful, Byron-inspired tour of Italy and Beethoven’s radiant musical tribute to the natural world.

23 August 2019

Orchestre de Paris 2

Britten's War Requiem

A profoundly moving plea for peace, Daniel Harding conducts Britten’s soul-searching pacifist masterpiece.

24 August 2019

Call and Response: Osoyegbon

A work in progress by Anonymous / Fuel

A series of performances to explore the ideas in You Are Here and encourage audiences to join the conversation. 

22-24 August 2019

Power, Gender and the Arts

Part of the Saturday Sessions

A morning of provocation and discussion that continues this cross-festival conversation about power and gender in the arts.

24 August 2019

Mythos: Gods

A Trilogy by Stephen Fry

Adapted from his best-selling book, Stephen Fry brings to brilliant life the gods, monsters and mortals of ancient Greece.

19-24 August 2019

Mythos: Heroes

A Trilogy by Stephen Fry

Adapted from his best-selling book, Stephen Fry brings to brilliant life the gods, monsters and mortals of ancient Greece.

20-25 August 2019

Mythos: Men

A Trilogy by Stephen Fry

Adapted from his best-selling book, Stephen Fry brings to brilliant life the gods, monsters and mortals of ancient Greece.

20-25 August 2019

Manon Lescaut

Donald Runnicles conducts Deutsche Oper Berlin

The powerhouse Scottish conductor brings his company, with an exceptional cast of international soloists, for this vivid concert performance. 

22 August 2019

Ian McKellen On Stage

With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and You

From Tolkien’s Gandalf to Shakespeare, Sir Ian performs extracts from his best-loved roles, as well as recalling seminal moments from his life and career.

22-25 August 2019

Dunedin Consort

The Queen’s Hall series comes to a gloriously theatrical close, in two larger-than-life secular cantatas, some of Bach’s most opulent, joyfully inventive music.

24 August 2019

Night Walk for Edinburgh

The Fruitmarket Gallery / Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

Discover an alternative, unseen Edinburgh. A city where memory and history collide, where the strange and the unexpected skew your sense of what is real.

25 July-25 August 2019

Götterdämmerung

Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis

The fourth and final opera in the Ring cycle is its grandest, as the gods themselves face their doom. 

25 August 2019

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Leith Theatre Copy 1

Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside