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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

Encounters: What Does It Mean to be British?

In a provocative keynote address, Robert McCrum, associate editor of The Observer and author of Globish, argues that it is not a suicide mission to define Britishness in terms of our inheritance and that, properly expressed, the definition can be a passport to a renewed and vigorous participation in global affairs.

Alpine Symphony

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Donald Runnicles

Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra return to the Festival with two transcendental evocations of nature and landscape, following last year’s memorable performance of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony.


Gate Theatre Dublin

The bizarre adventures of Watt and his struggle to make sense of the world around him are told with verbal elegance, immense pathos and fierce humour.

Waiting for Orestes: Electra

Suzuki Company of Toga

In Suzuki’s staging of the Greek myth, the characters’ interior world is deepened by setting the tragedy in a psychiatric hospital, one in which all of humanity is irredeemably trapped.


Deborah Colker Dance Company

Straight from the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Deborah Colker Dance Company transports Aleksandr Pushkin’s famous tale of young love, passion, obsession and rejection from 19th-century Russia to contemporary, sultry Brazil.

The Makropulos Case

Opera North

Janáček’s penultimate opera is at once a mystery thriller and a meditation on desire and eternal life.

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.

Ferrier Centenary Celebration Concert

The Kathleen Ferrier Award winners represent the most exciting hopes for the opera houses and Lieder platforms of the future.

A Mass of Life

The Opening Concert / Frederick Delius / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis

The Opening Concert presents one of the grandest choral pieces ever written: Delius’s A Mass of Life. 

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Acclaimed for its vibrant, stylish delivery, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble like no other. 

Emerson String Quartet

The Queen’s Hall Series concludes with one of America’s finest string quartets, famed for its impeccable technique, assured musicality and dramatic spontaneity.

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