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You Are Here

Join some of the world’s most inspiring artists to explore what we see and feel around us, in this moment, in the world.

Where are we now and where we are going?

The Edinburgh International Festival was founded in the aftermath of a cataclysmic conflict. It offered a spirit of optimism and proposed a more generous understanding of humanity and citizenship. In the run-up to its 75th anniversary in 2022, the International Festival, along with a range of creative partners, invites you to consider what local, national and international citizenship might mean in the 21st century.

Across The Lyceum and Rehearsal Studio, Church Hill Theatre, The Studio at Potterrow and the Usher Hall, artists from Scotland, the rest of the UK, Nigeria, Canada, Mali, Lebanon and beyond give voice to ideas that offer unique and truly global perspectives on questions affecting our lives and our communities.

You Are Here aims to harness this extraordinary assembly through a programme of theatre, dance, music, readings, discussions and celebrations that offer International Festival audiences and artists the opportunity to travel further, delve deeper and consider the role of the arts in our lives. Behind the scenes, You Are Here also offers professional opportunities to artists and producers from Scotland and around the world.

Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic

You Are Here is a strategic partnership with the British Council, the University of Edinburgh Futures Institute and Fuel. The British Council was one of the founding partners of the Edinburgh International Festival and has unparalleled experience working with creative sectors from across the world.

The Futures Institute brings expertise from across the University of Edinburgh and beyond, and will help ensure Edinburgh and Scotland can benefit from the ideas developed through the partnership. Fuel is a leading independent producing company that produces an adventurous, playful and significant programme of work engaging with the big questions of our times.


Funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Edinburgh Festivals and


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