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The Music of The Incredible String Band

Very Cellular Songs

One of the most influential groups to have come out of Scotland entranced and inspired listeners in the late 1960s and early 1970s with their pioneering psychedelia, witty lyrics and soaring melodies.

Room 29

Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales

In this brand new collaboration, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales gave voice to the ghosts of Room 29 at the Château Marmont Hotel in Hollywood.

Had We Never

Robert Burns: Chains and Slavery

Poet and Makar Jackie Kay, singer-songwriter Ghetto Priest, bass Brian Bannatyne-Scott and renowned countertenor David James come together with members of the Scottish Ensemble.

The Magnetic Fields

50 Song Memoir: Part 1

Part 1 of 2. The master craftsman behind US indie band The Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt, has created a brand new set of 50 songs - one for each year of his existence – divided across two separate concerts.

The Magnetic Fields

50 Song Memoir: Part 2

Part 2 of 2. The master craftsman behind US indie band The Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt, has created a brand new set of 50 songs - one for each year of his existence – divided across two separate concerts.

Meow Meow's Little Mermaid

Meow Meow / Malthouse Theatre

Forget the Little Mermaid you thought you knew. Meow Meow’s subversive cabaret is a fairytale gone rogue.

Rhinoceros

Eugene Ionesco / Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh / DOT Theatre / Murat Daltaban / Zinnie Harris

Eugène Ionesco’s classic 1959 play considers the countless ways in which humans are content to adapt themselves to new and horrifying circumstances, and give in to poisonous ideologies.

Flight

Vox Motus / Candice Edmunds / Jamie Harrison / Oliver Emanuel / Caroline Brothers

Renowned Scottish theatre company Vox Motus adapts Caroline Brothers’s 2012 novel Hinterland, in a magical experience that combines unsettling themes with spellbinding images.

Meet Me at Dawn

Zinnie Harris / Traverse Theatre Company / Orla O'Loughlin

Unflinchingly honest and tenderly lyrical, it is a modern fable exploring the triumph of everyday love, the mystery of grief, and the temptation to become lost in a fantasy future that will never be.

Krapp's Last Tape

Samuel Beckett / Barry McGovern / Michael Colgan

Samuel Beckett’s moving meditation on time, memory and ageing is performed by renowned Irish actor Barry McGovern, one of the world’s most revered interpreters of the great playwright.

The Divide Part 1

Alan Ayckbourn / The Old Vic / Annabel Bolton

This extraordinary new work by Alan Ayckbourn is a tale for our own turbulent times that unflinchingly examines a dystopian society of brutal repression, forbidden love and seething insurrection.

Real Magic

Forced Entertainment / Tim Etchells

Forced Entertainment, the legendary Sheffield-based group, takes you on a hallucinatory journey, in a compelling performance about struggle, optimism and the desire for change.

The Divide Part 2

Alan Ayckbourn / The Old Vic / Annabel Bolton

This extraordinary new work by Alan Ayckbourn is a tale for our own turbulent times that unflinchingly examines a dystopian society of brutal repression, forbidden love and seething insurrection.

Martin Creed's Words and Music

An evening with Turner Prize-winner

Artist, musician and Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed invited you to a delightfully nonconformist evening of words, music and more, as he took up residence for the 2017 International Festival.

Oresteia: This Restless House

Aeschylus / Citizens Theatre / Dominic Hill / Zinnie Harris

Award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris reimagines Aeschylus’s 2,500-year-old drama Oresteia in a blistering new version staged by Citizens Theatre and directed by Dominic Hall.

Bryn Terfel & Malcolm Martineau

Schubert, Britten & Brahms

Superstar of the opera and concert stage in a recital combining tender Lieder by Schubert with the compelling passions of songs by high Romantic Brahms.

Elgar's King Olaf

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra joined by a trio of exceptional international soloists and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus for this stirring choral spectacular.

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Edward Gardner conducts and Paul Lewis plays Grieg

Visionary British pianist Paul Lewis joined the orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner for Grieg’s Piano Concerto, one of the classical music’s most cherished works.

Festival Firsts

MacMillan conducts MacMillan

To celebrate the International Festival’s 70th anniversary, Sir James MacMillan conducted three masterpieces of 20th-century music which received their premieres at the International Festival.

Joshua Bell Plays Bruch

Plus Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

Superstar US violinist and Academy of St Martin in the Fields in two bracing musical visions of wide open spaces and the wonders of nature.

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom © Neil Hanna

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2016

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert