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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

You Never Touched The Dirt

Zhu Yi / Sam Pritchard

This subtle and witty play tackles the breathtaking economic transformation of China, the dreams it enables and those it crushes.

There Is No One Between You and Me

Dalia Taha / Lucy Morrison

A woman returns to a hometown she no longer recognises in this haunting new play from Dalia Taha.

War Dialogues

Spirited Voices

Artist David Cotterrell is joined by a panel of leading artists and experts to explore the changing role, responsibility and challenges of witnessing and responding to modern conflict.

Cultural Connections

Spirited Voices

Fergus Linehan, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival and Graham Sheffield, Director Arts of the British Council discuss global citizenship and culture as a connecting spark.

Arts in the Aftermath of Conflict

Spirited Voices

This discussion explores the role of artists in post-war contexts and the critical space that needs to be claimed in order to counter a return to paranoia and injustice.

The Power of Plays

Spirited Voices

Journalists, writers and cultural commentators discuss the unique ability theatre has to examine differing perspectives, effect change and unravel layers of complexity in times of political turmoil.

Fire Down Below

Spirited Voices

This discussion panel includes prizewinning Jamaican Poet Laureate and novelist Lorna Goodison, Grenadian writer and editor Jacob Ross, Guyanese artist and academic Roshini Kempadoo and Marina Salandy-Brown, Director of the NGC BOCAS Literature Festival in Trinidad.

Contesting the Spirit of Unity

Whose Festival? Whose Culture?

This event – in the form of readings and a panel discussion – examines the origin of the ‘culture wars’, an underappreciated part of the development of Edinburgh as a Festival City.

Reflections on Syria

Maya Youssef / Bidisha / Yasmin Fedda / Rafat Alzakout

Six years into a complex conflict, artists from Syria present their stories and memories through film and music, taking us beyond the headlines and offering fresh perspectives on life in Syria during the war.

The World in One City

70 years of the International Festival

A Scottish Documentary Institute film production for the Edinburgh International Festival weaving together rare archive footage with interviews with Festival directors, artists and audience members.

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Benedetti plays Brahms

Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti joined the orchestra under Iván Fischer for the stormy lyricism of Brahms’s joyful Violin Concerto.

Opening Concert

Wit, warmth and wonderful singing

A jolt of surprise and a joyful choral celebration launched the 2017 International Festival Usher Hall concerts with an evening of wit and warmth.

Mitsuko Uchida in recital

Mozart, Schumann & Widmann

One of the most inspirational, perceptive pianists performing today plays Mozart, Schumann and Widmann.

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Kristiina Poska conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Join the City of Edinburgh in a celebration of summer festivals, inspirational music and breathtaking fireworks as the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival to a resplendent conclusion.

Sam Beam &
Jesca Hoop

US indie-folk singer-songwriters Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop are two of today’s most distinctive musical voices. 


Schoenberg’s epic cantata

Powerhouse conductor Donald Runnicles brings the 2016 Usher Hall concerts to a dazzling conclusion with Schoenberg’s epic mega-cantata Gurrelieder, marking his very last concert as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Mogwai & Mark Cousins

Atomic: Living In Dread and Promise

Mogwai live on stage. Performing their majestic new soundtrack to a provocative documentary by film maker Mark Cousins.

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 2

Sir András Schiff plays Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto

The world-renowned Gewandhausorchester Leipzig has a venerable history stretching right back to Bach’s time. 

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. 


Kabinet K

Raw is dynamic dance theatre, made by children, for children, and for adults too, best for children aged 12 and over.

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom © Neil Hanna

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert © Dave Stewart

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert