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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Colour, heroism and boundless power come together in the London Philharmonic Orchestra's compelling Festival concert under its Principal Conductor, the charismatic Vladimir Jurowski.

18 February 2014

The Sixteen

War and conflict from the Renaissance to the present day are the compelling subjects of vocal ensemble The Sixteen's boldly eclectic programme under founding director Harry Christophers.

11 August 2014

Ute Lemper | Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The charismatic German chanteuse Ute Lemper, celebrated for her spellbinding performances of Kurt Weill and Marlene Dietrich, joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to explore the sensuous decadence and simmering passions of Weimar Republic Germany.

15 August 2014

Exhibit B

Third World Bunfight

Exhibit B lies somewhere between performance and exhibition, looking at themes of racism, 'othering' and the colonial history of Europe in Africa.

9-25 August 2014


Paco Peña Flamenco Company

World-renowned flamenco guitarist Paco Peña brings a very personal new work to the Festival.

27-28 August 2014

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Such are the heroic power and the beautiful, eloquent melodies of the 'Emperor' Concerto that it is hard to believe Beethoven wrote it in a Vienna under attack from Napoleon's invading armies. The strength and thoughtfulness of renowned German pianist Lars Vogt are an ideal match for this monumental concerto's virtuosic demands.

10 August 2014

Sweet Mambo

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

The relationships between women and men are explored in the inimitable style of the great Pina Bausch.

23-25 August 2014


Akram Khan Company

Pursuing the idea of the 'knowledge within', Gnosis is an exploration of the inner and outer battles of characters.

19-21 August 2014



Stunning work, exploring the legacy of the First World War and the seismic impact the conflict had around the world.

16-17 August 2014

Holst's The Planets

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra returns under its formidable Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles for one of the grandest orchestral showpieces in the repertoire: Holst's The Planets.

9 August 2014

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been delivering exuberantly energetic performances around the globe for decades.

9 August 2014


Inala – meaning abundance of goodwill – is a muscular and beautiful blend of South African and Western cultures.

10-12 August 2014

Helen Lawrence

Canadian Stage

A cinematic stage production from world-renowned visual artist and filmmaker Stan Douglas and acclaimed screenwriter and producer Chris Haddock.

24-26 August 2014


By Thomas Bernhard

Director Tom Cairns brings Thomas Bernhard's rarely performed masterpiece to life, in a moving portrait of a once celebrated actor now isolated and forgotten.

16-18 August 2014

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

Back to Back Theatre

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich is poignant, heart-warming, beautiful, disarming, full of vulnerability and sly humour, questioning who has the right to tell a story and who has the right to be heard.

9-12 August 2014

The Opening concert

The 2014 Festival opens with a concert of three opulent masterpieces. They are performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, one of the most respected figures in British music, famed for his brilliant insights into 20th-century repertoire.

8 August 2014

Les Troyens

Mariinsky Opera

Berlioz's visionary Les Troyens is opera on an epic scale, and deals with some of mankind's profoundest questions.

28-30 August 2014

Media Skins

In Media Skins, photographer and media artist Hyung Su Kim explores new artistic expressions in public spaces by creating media facades using LEDs.

9 August-1 September 2013

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

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

1 September 2013

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Leith Theatre Copy 1

Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside