Edinburgh International Festival – The Definitive Guide

What’s On at Edinburgh International Festival:

The Edinburgh International Festival is a classy affair, perfect for arts students and lovers of creative performance. It’s an eclectic series of events running throughout the entire month of August. A mammoth undertaking for the Scottish capital, the Edinburgh International Festival has been spiritually running since 1947, showcasing the best worldwide classical music, opera, theatre, and dance performances for over half a century. The events are hosted across the gorgeous city of Edinburgh in multiple iconic locations, including King’s Theatre, The Lyceum, and Usher Hall. It’s a celebration of the city as much as the arts, giving you a chance to see the scope of Edinburgh’s artistic scene.

Making its World Premiere from 4th-27th August in the Church Hill Theatre & Studio is Flight. The unique experience brings you up close and personal to the story of two young orphaned brothers who embark on a desperate journey to safety and freedom, mixing graphic novel with diorama.

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From the 3rd – 12th at the Lyceum is Eugene Ionesco’s classic 1959 play Rhinoceros, which touches on nationalism, fascism and conformism in a performance that has been compared with Orwell’s Animal Farm. As the people of a sleepy French provincial town transform into raging Rhinoceros, just one man, the drunkard Berenger, refuses to accept his future as a rhino.

Celebrate the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth with chamber vocal ensemble I Fagiolini, perforing at The Queen’s Hall on Saturday 19th August. The performance includes music from Selva morale e spiritual (1640) under dynamic director Robert Hollingworth.

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History of Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival was the idea of Rudolf Bing, the then-General Manager of Glyndebourne Opera, Henry Harvey Wood, plus the Head of the British Council in Scotland and leaders from the City of Edinburgh. It was established in 1947 as a cultural event aiming to bring together global audiences.

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Getting to Edinburgh for the International Festival:

The Edinburgh International Festival is an incredible opportunity to soak up a massive variety of culture, whether you’re an arts fan or just looking to discover Edinburgh. With several megabus stops throughout the city, you’ll rarely be more than a 10-minute drive from any one of the fantastic venues open to the public. It’s the perfect chance to celebrate a passion, or find a new one.

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