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Our Archive

Here you can discover previous International Festival events

Lau-Land Big Tune Machine

An afternoon event celebrating the folk music and the social community that surrounds it

18 August 2018

International Festival Encounters

A unique opportunity for ambitious producers, programmers, creative artists and performers to immerse yourself in International Festival events.

17-21 August 2018

Power, Gender and The Arts

An afternoon of debate, discussion and performance exploring the history and the reality of power in the arts.

10 August 2018

Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis

A workshop presentation of a contemporary reworking of Sir David Lindsay's play.

7 August 2018

Talk: Permanent Post-War Cinema?

Film theoreticians and historians generally hold the view that the end of the Second World War marked a turning point in cinema. All over the world, production techniques, cinema audiences and the styles and themes of storytelling saw drastic changes from 1945 to 1955. This talk by Edinburgh International Film Festival Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara asks if it is possible to speak of a permanent postwar cinema?

24 August 2014

Conversation with William Kentridge

The South African artist discusses his role in the creation of Ubu and the Truth Commission with Fruitmarket Gallery Director Fiona Bradley.

29 August 2014

Conversation with Stan Douglas

Canadian artist Stan Douglas talks with Fruitmarket Gallery Director Fiona Bradley about his film and contribution to Canadian Stage's production of Helen Lawrence.

25 August 2014

Conversation with Ute Lemper

Iconic German cabaret star Ute Lemper talks to Jamie MacDougall about her life and work.

14 August 2014

Lex Pacificatoria: Using Law to End Wars

This lecture by Professor Christine Bell looks at the rise of negotiated settlements as a tool for ending contemporary wars and the legal, political and moral controversies that those settlements cause. 

28 August 2014

Scotland in the Soft Power Era

A discussion on the complex relationship between conflict and culture.

28 August 2014

Beacon of Light

The new Edinburgh International Festival and the arts in post-war Society

Dr Angela Bartie talks with Lloyd Anderson, Director of the British Council Scotland, about the origins and development of the Edinburgh International Festival and its role in promoting international dialogue and improving cultural relations after the Second World War.

21 August 2014

War, Atrocities and the Truth

The Western Front dominates our memories of the First World War, yet in this definitive talk on the Italian North East Front, historian and author Mark Thompson explores with Professor Joseph Farrell the futility of this warfare. Presented in association with the Italian Cultural Institute.

20 August 2014

Gallipoli: The End of the Myth

Author and academic Dr Robin Prior argues that although the motives for the Gallipoli campaign were admirable, it was a flawed operation from the beginning. Chaired by Robyn Marsack.

13 August 2014

The First World War and Australia’s Rise to Nationhood

Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, considers the social and political environment of Australia in the years immediately prior to the First World War. Chaired by Dr Robin Prior.

13 August 2014

First World War: Re-thinking the Centenary

Professor John Horne explores ways to think about the war and how to commemorate it that go beyond the national state. He argues that we need to overcome national limitations to see the war for what it was – a global conflict that gave birth to the violent century that followed. Chaired by Professor Donald Bloxham, University of Edinburgh.

9 August 2014

The International Festival Young People's Awards Ceremony

Mammalian Diving Reflex

The International Festival Young People’s Awards Ceremony was the culminating event for a group of local young people who were appointed the official International Festival jury. 

27 August 2016

Before the Hudson and the Liffey

James Connolly in Edinburgh and Leith

James Connolly was one of the leaders of the Irish Provisional Government that proclaimed Irish independence from British rule at the 1916 Easter Rising. His controversial execution by the British authorities made him a national martyr – one of the key historical figures in the struggle for Irish independence.

20 August 2016

Encounters: A Classical World

Richard Jenkyns, Professor of the Classical Tradition at Oxford University, explores the importance and popularity of the classical world and its influence on modern culture. Chaired by Graham Sheffield, Director Arts for the British Council.

17 August 2012

Reflections on Song: Sir Thomas Allen

Major international star, English baritone Sir Thomas Allen reflects upon his career as a singer with music writer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service.

11 August 2012

Conversations: Angelin Preljocaj

The French choreographer and artistic director of the Ballet Preljocaj, in conversation with arts journalist Jackie McGlone, talks about bringing his 2010 creation And then, one thousand years of peace to the Edinburgh International Festival.

18 August 2012

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

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Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside