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Edinburgh International Festival

Founded in 1947 the Edinburgh International Festival is the famous annual event of performing arts taking place in Edinburgh for the month of August. Unlike the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the International Festival is by invitation only from the Festival Director.

The Edinburgh International Festival brings top class performers of music especially classical music, theatre, opera and dance from around the world to perform. For 2017, The Edinburgh International Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary so expect an extra special programme marking 70 years of the Festival City.

Edinburgh International Festival 2017 Highlights

Major artists appearing in the programme include renowned Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, legendary Australian satirist Barry Humphries, revered conductor Herbert Blomstedt, Oscar-nominated singer ANOHNI, world-renowned ballerina Natalia Osipova, celebrated director John Tiffany, UK ensemble Cheek by Jowl, post-rock icons Sigur Rós, celebrated Scottish actor Alan Cumming, Edinburgh’s own Mercury Prize-winners Young Fathers, leading conductor Marin Alsop, acclaimed pianist Daniil Trifonov, Senegal’s most celebrated musician Youssou N’Dour and work by choreographer Crystal Pite. 

Free Opening Event - Bloom

4 August 2017, 10.30pm

To mark the beginning of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom will bring Edinburgh's city centre to life with light and sound installations, large-scale illuminations and 3D-mapped projections. This epic free outdoor event will celebrate the transformation of Scotland's capital in the post-war era to the colour and spectacle of today's festival city. 

More information will be made available on the 26 June. In the meantime, find out more on the Edinburgh International Festival website.

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

28 August 2017, 9.00pm

The 2017 Edinburgh International Festival Virgin Money Fireworks Concert will take place on Monday 28 August in Princes Street Gardens at 9pm, bringing together compelling music from the Scottish Chamber Orchesta and spectacular pyrotechnics against the mighty backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The concert will last approximately 1 hour. 

Tickets are now available for the concert in the gardens from the Edinburgh International Festival website, however the fireworks can also be seen from various vantage points across the city.

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