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Here you can discover previous International Festival events


Lola Arias

Six Argentine and British veterans from both sides of the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas conflict come together for this remarkable show exploring the treacherous minefield of their memories.

6-9 August 2017

Paul Auster at 70

Presented by Edinburgh International Book Festival

Author Paul Auster discusses his life and work at the keynote event at the Edinburgh International Festival, in partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival.

14 August 2017

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

A platform for the flowering of the human spirit

This epic, outdoor, public artwork, brought together spectacular animation, lighting and music on Fri 4 and Sat 5 August 2017 to celebrate the joyful transformation of the city over the past 70 years.

4-5 August 2017

Come & Sing International

Sing with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

A unique opportunity to experience an afternoon of singing under the baton of inspirational and award-winning Chorus Master Christopher Bell.

13 August 2017

Alfred Brendel

My Musical Life

The focus of this lecture is on musical matters, on Brendel's development as a pianist and writer, and on his place within a changing musical world.

23 August 2017

Vuelos Family Workshop

For children aged 5 to 8

Inspired by the show, the wonderful company Aracaladanza runs two family workshops for children aged 5 to 8, and their grown-ups.

10-11 August 2017


In film and music

A work for full orchestra and large screens depicting three simultaneous visions of the uninhabited Hebridean island of Staffa created by filmmaker Gerry Fox and composer Ned Bigham.

17-27 August 2017

Letters Live

Letters Live

The joy and the pain, the wisdom and the humour preserved by the humble letter – expertly brought to life by some of the most acclaimed performers from around the world.

27 August 2017

Mozart Arranged

Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque

Violinist Rachel Podger, and her own ensemble Brecon Baroque, perform two poignant masterpieces by Mozart.

24 August 2017

Fortepiano Trios

Kristian Bezuidenhout/ Shunske Sato / Jonathan Cohen

Inspirational fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout is joined by violinist Shunske Sato and cellist Jonathan Cohen for music by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

22 August 2017

Mahan Esfahani

Music by d’Anglebert, JS Bach and WF Bach

Iranian-American harpsichordist performs music by d’Anglebert, JS Bach and WF Bach, on the Hall’s exquisite 1769 double-manual Taskin harpsichord.

15 August 2017


Julian Prégardien / Georges Barthel / Philippe Pierlot / Xavier Diaz-Latorre

German tenor Julian Prégardien presents a new collage of musical and literary fragments associated with Franz Schubert.

10 August 2017

The Edinburgh Musical Society

Ensemble Marsyas / Peter Wheelan / Emilie Renard

Vibrant Scottish early music group Ensemble Marsyas under director Peter Whelan recreates an Edinburgh concert from the late 18th century.

8 August 2017

Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis & Dénes Várjon

Chamber music by Schumann, Brahms & Mendelssohn

Three of today’s most admired musicians bring the 2017 Queen’s Hall concerts to a touchingly Romantic close with chamber music by Schumann, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

26 August 2017

Venera Gimadieva & Pavel Nebolsin

Powerful Russian song

Young lyric soprano presents a powerful Russian song recital featuring works of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov.

25 August 2017

Iestyn Davies sings Bach 2

With the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr

One of today’s true vocal stars comes together with The Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr for a concert celebrating the cantatas for solo countertenor by Bach.

24 August 2017

Iestyn Davies sings Bach 1

With the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr

One of today’s true vocal stars comes together with The Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr for a concert celebrating the cantatas for solo countertenor by Bach.

22 August 2017

Joshua Bell & Dénes Várjon

Play Mendelssohn, Brahms & Grieg

The celebrated US violinist is joined by exceptional Hungarian pianist for the recital of work by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Grieg.

21 August 2017

I Fagiolini

Monteverdi’s other Vespers

One of Britain’s true choral treasures expands to take in a specially assembled period instrument ensemble for a spectacular unveiling of Monteverdi’s ‘other’ Vespers.

19 August 2017

Benjamin Appl & Pavel Kolesnikov

Songs by Schubert, Schumann & Grieg

Young German baritone famed for his seductive expressiveness is joined by the remarkable Siberian-born pianist for a recital of Lieder and songs by Schubert, Schumann and Grieg.

17 August 2017

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