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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

Belshazzar's Feast

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The 2012 International Festival's concert programme concludes as it began: with grand, celebratory British choral music. 

Encounters: A Peaceful Place

James MacMillan, composer of Clemency, and Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, join Sir Adam Roberts, President of the British Academy, and Chair Eugene Downes of Culture Ireland, to explore ways in which the Olympic Truce can be applied today and how the arts can promote and support peace and better understanding.


scottish Opera / James MacMillan

Clemency puts a contemporary twist to a Biblical tale, creating the spiritual intensity and reflection for which James MacMillan’s work is so well known

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Robin Ticciati conducts Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.

Conversations: Emerson Quartet

The members of the incomparable New York City-based string quartet discuss their music and closing the Queen’s Hall recital series for Festival 2012 with composer John Harris.

Encounters: Representations

Matthew Lenton, director of Wonderland, joins Professor Michael Lamb, psychologist and specialist in child development from the University of Cambridge, and Jean Kilbourne, a feminist speaker internationally recognised for her work on the image of women in advertising, to explore depictions of young women in the arts and media. Chaired by the BBC’s arts correspondent Razia Iqbal.

Philharmonia Orchestra

Principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bruckner’s magnificent Fourth Symphony, one of the composer’s most popular works.

In the Locked Room & Ghost Patrol

Scottish Opera / Huw Watkins / Stuart MacRae

Presented as a double bill, these two short operas explore the capacity of the mind to shape our lives, whether through the potency of imagination or the overwhelming power of memories


Mariinsky Ballet

The legendary Mariinsky Ballet brings Charles Perrault’s classic fairytale to the International Festival.


Batsheva Dance Company

A thrilling spectacle of movement, an emotional rollercoaster that successfully highlights the uniqueness of each one of the dancers.

Nationhood Today

Broadcaster Sheena McDonald discusses the changing face of nationhood today in Scotland with the distinguished line-up of Professor of Constitutional Law Christine Bell, Grierson Professor of Literature Susan Manning, Professor of Politics Charlie Jeffery and Alvin Jackson, Richard Lodge Professor of History.

Tales from a Turbulent World: can journalism really be the first draft of history?

BBC Special Correspondent Allan Little gives the Edinburgh University Festival lecture, chaired by Vice Principal and Head of Humanities and Social Science Professor Dorothy Miell.


Composer Nigel Osborne, Reid Professor of Music, and Dr Igor Stiks are joined in an interactive workshop by Dr Olga Taxidou and broadcaster Professor Jolyon Mitchell to explore the concept of truce in the arts.

Llŷr Williams

For this concert, Llŷr Williams scales the heights of 19th-century piano virtuosity in contrasting pieces by one of the greatest ever composers for the instrument.

The Lady from the Sea

Scottish Opera / Craig Armstrong

A world premiere of the Scottish Opera and Edinburgh International Festival co-production.


Vanishing Point

In a darkly subversive take on the themes of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Wonderland begins with the mystery of a young woman leaving home and embarking on a dangerous journey.

The English Concert & David Daniels

World-renowned countertenor David Daniels joins The English Concert, one of Europe’s most celebrated period-instrument ensembles.

Reflections on Song: Toby Spence

World-renowned English tenor Toby Spence shares his thoughts and ideas on singing in the company of music writer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service.

Toby Spence & Julian Milford

Internationally renowned British lyric tenor Toby Spence has long been acclaimed in an astonishingly wide range of music.

Study Event: Personal Mythology

Mythic stories may reveal hidden worlds. Psychologist and storyteller Professor Jonathan Young draws on his work with mythologist Joseph Campbell. The day is highly participatory and explores how metaphors can reveal elements of psychological life through storytelling and conversation.

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