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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

The spectacular summer festival season finale, with live music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Karen Matheson, with a breathtaking fireworks display fired from Edinburgh’s Castle.

28 August 2017

Mitsuko Uchida in recital

Mozart, Schumann & Widmann

One of the most inspirational, perceptive pianists performing today plays Mozart, Schumann and Widmann.

21 August 2017

Opening Concert

Wit, warmth and wonderful singing

A jolt of surprise and a joyful choral celebration launched the 2017 International Festival Usher Hall concerts with an evening of wit and warmth.

5 August 2017

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Benedetti plays Brahms

Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti joined the orchestra under Iván Fischer for the stormy lyricism of Brahms’s joyful Violin Concerto.

10 August 2017

The World in One City

70 years of the International Festival

A Scottish Documentary Institute film production for the Edinburgh International Festival weaving together rare archive footage with interviews with Festival directors, artists and audience members.

10-19 August 2017

Reflections on Syria

Maya Youssef / Bidisha / Yasmin Fedda / Rafat Alzakout

Six years into a complex conflict, artists from Syria present their stories and memories through film and music, taking us beyond the headlines and offering fresh perspectives on life in Syria during the war.

13 August 2017

Contesting the Spirit of Unity

Whose Festival? Whose Culture?

This event – in the form of readings and a panel discussion – examines the origin of the ‘culture wars’, an underappreciated part of the development of Edinburgh as a Festival City.

16 August 2017

Fire Down Below

Spirited Voices

This discussion panel includes prizewinning Jamaican Poet Laureate and novelist Lorna Goodison, Grenadian writer and editor Jacob Ross, Guyanese artist and academic Roshini Kempadoo and Marina Salandy-Brown, Director of the NGC BOCAS Literature Festival in Trinidad.

15 August 2017

The Power of Plays

Spirited Voices

Journalists, writers and cultural commentators discuss the unique ability theatre has to examine differing perspectives, effect change and unravel layers of complexity in times of political turmoil.

12 August 2017

Arts in the Aftermath of Conflict

Spirited Voices

This discussion explores the role of artists in post-war contexts and the critical space that needs to be claimed in order to counter a return to paranoia and injustice.

9 August 2017

Cultural Connections

Spirited Voices

Fergus Linehan, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival and Graham Sheffield, Director Arts of the British Council discuss global citizenship and culture as a connecting spark.

7 August 2017

War Dialogues

Spirited Voices

Artist David Cotterrell is joined by a panel of leading artists and experts to explore the changing role, responsibility and challenges of witnessing and responding to modern conflict.

7 August 2017

There Is No One Between You and Me

Dalia Taha / Lucy Morrison

A woman returns to a hometown she no longer recognises in this haunting new play from Dalia Taha.

12 August 2017

You Never Touched The Dirt

Zhu Yi / Sam Pritchard

This subtle and witty play tackles the breathtaking economic transformation of China, the dreams it enables and those it crushes.

11 August 2017

Drainage Alley

Laura Liz Gil Echenique / William Gregory / John Tiffany

This story of a quiet alleyway in Havana explores Cuba poised on the cusp of opening up to the world.

10 August 2017

Speech (Discurso)

Guillermo Calderón / William Gregory / Kika Markham

Guillermo Calderón returns to the subject of Chilean president Michelle Bachelet in a new version of this extraordinary monologue.

13 August 2017

Ghalia's Miles

Maya Zbib / Katharine Halls / Lucy Morrison

Fleeing Lebanon in the hope of building a new life in Europe, Ghalia makes an extraordinary journey through the Middle East.

9 August 2017

Bad Roads

Natal’ya Vorozhbit / Sasha Dugdale / Vicky Featherstone

A harrowing and bitterly funny new play about Ukraine at war – seen through the eyes of the women fighting, reporting and enduring the conflict.

8 August 2017


Azade Shahmiri

A delicate story of determination and hope, told through mingled voices, viewpoints and times, powerfully poignant in its simplicity. It is created by exciting new Iranian director, writer and performer Azade Shahmiri.

14-15 August 2017

New European Songbook

Sounds from a continent in flux

Unique collaborations between established European musicians and artists recently arrived in the continent brought you the newest sounds of Europe today. Performed as part of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival.

11-12 August 2017

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