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 March. A mammoth undertaking for the Scottish capital, but the Edinburgh International Festival has been spiritually running since 1947. It has showcased the very best of worldwide classical music, opera, theatre, and dance performances for over half a century. Safe to say it has a certain prestige to it. The events are hosted across the gorgeous city of Edinburgh in a number of 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.
During the 5-9th August you have the chance to see one of the world’s most sought-after singers, Cecilia Bartoli, who will be performing Bellini’s Norma. This production has won critical acclaim, winning 2013’s International Opera Award for best new production. At the Lyceum between 24-28th August, Thomas Ostermeier will be putting on a harrowing version of Shakespeare’s Richard III, which puts audiences as close to this intense depiction of evil and power as possible. Containing adult themes and nudity, this one certainly isn’t for the kids. For something completely different, don’t forget to check out the free opening event, Deep Time, debuting on Sunday 7th. Described as an epic, outdoor public artwork, it brings together animation and music in journey through the 350 million years of Edinburgh’s history.
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.
Edinburgh // 5th-29th August 2016
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