Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival 2018

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Fri 3 – Mon 27 Aug 2018, various venues.

The Edinburgh International Festival is a celebrated arts festival, hosting three jam-packed weeks full of theatre, music, dance and art. It takes place each August alongside the Festival Fringe, Art Festival, Book Festival, Tattoo and more .. making Edinburgh one of the most vibrant and exciting places to visit during the summer.

The Original Edinburgh Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival was founded in 1947, after the Second World War, by a group of Edinburgh businessmen and civic leaders. As a way of bringing optimism and culture to the city during difficult times, they aimed to put on a world-class event, bringing together audiences and artists from all over the world.

The International Festival was the original of the 12 main festivals now held annually in Edinburgh, with the rest growing up around it over the years.┬áThe term ‘Edinburgh Festival’ refers to all 12 festivals collectively.

Some visitors get confused between the International Festival and Fringe Festival as they are both held over the same three weeks in August, but they are run by different organisations and actually have very different purposes. The International Festival aims to showcase world-class arts and therefore is very particular in which acts it invites to perform. By contrast, The Fringe allows anyone to put on a show that wants to. Both formats work well and allow a diverse range of acts to perform in Edinburgh every year.

What’s on in 2018?

During August, the International Festival takes over Edinburgh’s six main theatres and concert halls to bring an exhilarating programme of cultural entertainment. The 2018 programme has already been announced. This is the 71st EIF and over 2000 artists from 31 nations are to perform.

The festival will open on Friday 3rd August with a large, free, public outdoor event, Five Telegrams. It will conclude with a spectacular Fireworks Display at the castle and classical music concert in Princes Street Gardens on Monday 27th August.

Tickets for all shows and performances can be purchased on the EIF website, by calling 0131 473 2000, or by visiting The Hub Ticket Office, just down from Edinburgh Castle on Castlehill.