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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.

Encounters: Satire

Director of Gulliver’s Travels Silviu Purca ˘ rete joins Dr Valerie Rumbold of the University of Birmingham and Martin Rowson, cartoonist and author of his own Gulliver story, to discuss the great tradition of satire from which Jonathan Swift’s original tale emerged. Chaired by The Guardian columnist and feature writer Lucy Mangan.

Les Arts Florissants

Under conductor Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants bring together some of the early French opera’s most fascinating moments.

Gulliver’s Travels

Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu, Romania

After the Festival triumph of Faust in 2009 director Silviu Purcărete returns with the Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu, Romania and the world premiere of his version of Gulliver’s Travels.

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Valery Gergiev

Powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev, the Edinburgh International Festival’s Honorary President, brings the London Symphony Orchestra to the festival for what promises to be a fascinating four-concert residency.

And then, one thousand years of peace

Ballet Preljocaj

Initially created in collaboration with the Bolshoi Theatre, the work fuses two distinct styles of movement – the fast, driving power of Preljocaj's contemporary work with the grand classical ballet of the Bolshoi.

David et Jonathas

Les Arts Florissants

Love, jealousy, witchcraft and war: Charpentier’s 1688 sacred opera is a dramatic and moving reinterpretation of an Old Testament tragedy set on the eve of battle. 

Homayun Sakhi Trio

A rare chance to hear the highly expressive music of Afghanistan.

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.

Conversations: Nicola Benedetti

Brilliant young Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti talks about performing at the Edinburgh International Festival with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, in conversation with Richard Morrison, chief music critic of The Times.

Conversations: William Christie

William Christie, the American born conductor and musician, and founder of the French ensemble Les Arts Florissants, talks to John Kitchen about presenting Charpentier’s 1688 opera David et Jonathas at the International Festival 2012.

Leonidas Kavakos & Nikolai Lugansky

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos is joined by the inspirational Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky.

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Valery Gergiev / Nicola Benedetti

Powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev, the Edinburgh International Festival’s Honorary President, brings the London Symphony Orchestra to the festival for what promises to be a fascinating four-concert residency.

Arcangelo & Iestyn Davies

Exciting young period-instrument ensemble Arcangelo makes its International Festival debut with the acclaimed countertenor Iestyn Davies.

Study Event: Szymanowski’s Homeland - Europe’s Forgotten Orient

In a panel organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, contributors rediscover the orient in Szymanowski’s music and, by exploring his work from a post-colonial perspective, add a new dimension to our understanding of this cultural icon.

Masterclass: Homayun Sakhi Trio

Master of the Afghan rubab Homayun Sakhi brings his trio to perform in Edinburgh for Festival 2012. In this Masterclass the trio presents the music making and performance style of the Afghan tradition and provides an insight into its long history.

Leif Ove Andsnes

Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.

Study Event: Polish Modernism - Szymanowski and Lutoslawski

Professor Stephen Downes, Deputy Head and Director of Research, School of Arts, University of Surrey, explores the music of Szymanowski and Lutoslawski offering unique insights into their work.

Concerto Caledonia

Music by Tobias Hume

One of Scotland’s premier early-music ensembles joined by tenor Thomas Walker.

Tristan und Isolde

Welsh National Opera / Richard Wagner

Wagner’s extraordinary opera Tristan und Isolde is one of the most powerful experiences that the artform has to offer. 

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom © Neil Hanna

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert © Dave Stewart

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert