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Below you can find answers to some frequently asked questions about the Edinburgh International Festival. If you don't find the answer to your question on this page, please contact us.
How do I find performances on eif.co.uk?
You can browse events by clicking on the events menu item at the top of the page. Here you will find information about the different artforms in the Edinburgh International Festival. The full events calendar has every International Festival event in it. You can use the filters to find your perfect events. If you already know the name of the performance or the company or artist that you wish to see, enter keywords into the search bar on the homepage or in the right-hand corner of any page. You can browse the International Festival brochure online here. After the International Festival is over, the events menu will contain information about the previous International Festival until the details of the programme for the next year are available in spring.
How do I book tickets?
Where do I collect my tickets from?
If you have selected to collect your tickets during booking, you can pick them up from The Hub, Castlehill, EH1 2NE until the day of the event. Tickets will be available to collect from the event venue from one hour before the performance.
If you have selected e-tickets, they will have been emailed to you at the time of booking. Occasionally they end up in the junk folder because of the attachment. If you are having problems finding it, please email email@example.com
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How do I get a copy of the Edinburgh International Festival brochure?
You can register online here, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)131 473 2000 to receive a copy when the brochure becomes available each year. Choose whether to receive it by post, or save paper by receiving an e-brochure. Alternatively, when the programme is launched each year you can pick up a copy from many outlets across the city of Edinburgh, as well as in other locations across the UK. We have a lot of brochures available for you at our home, The Hub, so come and pay us a visit in person!
When is the Edinburgh International Festival programme announced?
The 2017 programme will be announced on Wednesday 15 March. Tickets will be available to everyone to book from Saturday 25 March. Make sure that you join our mailing list here to receive information as soon as it’s available. You can also follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook for insights and news about the International Festival throughout the year.
What are the future Edinburgh International Festival dates?
Provisional dates for the International Festival in forthcoming years are listed below.
2017 - 4-28 August
2018 - 3-27 August
2019 - 2-26 August
2020 - 7-31 August
How does the Edinburgh International Festival differ from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe?
The main difference between the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is in our programming policies. The Edinburgh International Festival principally promotes opera, music, dance and theatre, and participation in the International Festival is by invitation only, issued by the Festival Director. The Festival Fringe has no selection process in its programming and is an open access festival for performers; anyone can present any type of work and pay a fee to the Fringe for services such as box office and inclusion in the brochure. To find out more about the Fringe, visit the website. Several other festivals also take place in Edinburgh in the late summer; details of these can be found on our Edinburgh's Festivals page.
Can I take part in the Edinburgh International Festival?
All companies and artists are invited to take part by the Festival Director. You can find out more information about taking part here. Singers in Scotland can audition for the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, which performs in several concerts each year. You may also be interested in Edinburgh's other festivals, such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is open to all.
How do I get a job working for the Edinburgh International Festival?
How do I get work experience or an internship with the Edinburgh International Festival?
We offer work experience opportunities and internships throughout the year, primarily in conjunction with local schools and universities. We don’t advertise these opportunities and consider applications on a case by case basis. If you wish to be considered for work experience or an internship, please send a CV and covering letter to email@example.com.
What other festivals are there in Edinburgh?
During August, the Edinburgh International Festival is joined by: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo; Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Edinburgh International Book Festival; and Edinburgh Art Festival.
Throughout the year there are other festivals happening in Edinburgh – the Festival City – including: Edinburgh International Science Festival; Imaginate Children’s Festival; Edinburgh International Film Festival; Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival; Scottish International Storytelling Festival; and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. You can find out information on all of these at edinburghfestivalcity.com.
Can I return tickets once I’ve bought them?
Once booked, tickets can only be exchanged in certain circumstances. You can find out more information on the terms and conditions of Hub Tickets sales here.
How do I update my contact details?
Do you have a Friends or Members scheme?
Yes! Membership starts from £60 which gets you priority booking at the launch each year, regular newsletters and ebulletins with the latest International Festival news, access to special events all year round and much more. Find out more about our Friends and Patrons scheme here.
How can my company sponsor the Edinburgh International Festival?
Who works for the Edinburgh International Festival?
What concessions and discounts does the Edinburgh International Festival offer?
Those aged under 18 and Young Scot Cardholders can buy any ticket at 50% off on selected performances. Standby tickets with 30% off become available on selected performances for students, senior citizens, unemployed people, Equity and MU card holders from Wednesday 6 July 2016. There are limited £8 on the day tickets for those aged 26 or under when booked in person at The Hub. You can find out more information about ticket discounts and special offers here.
Do you sell gift vouchers for the Edinburgh International Festival?
Where can I find information on Edinburgh International Festival venues?
How do I book tickets for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert?
When the International Festival is launched you can book tickets for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert on this site, by calling Hub Tickets on +44 (0)131 473 2000, or visit The Hub at Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE.
What resources are available for journalists?
We have a media section on our website where journalists can register to access Edinburgh International Festival press releases and print quality photographs for download. For press ticket requests or any other enquiries please contact Liz Wallace, Media Relations Manager on +44 (0)131 473 2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.