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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. 

Edinburgh International Festival 2019 Highlights

The 2019 programme features a mix of some of the very best contemporary artists and ensembles from across the world. The programme features 93 events, with 293 performances across 17 venues and 2600 artists from 40 nations including Australia, Nigeria, Canada, Belgium, China, Mali, Holland, South Africa, New Zealand, France, Germany, India, Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle

2 August 2019, 7pm | Tynecastle Park

The LA Phil brings a uniquely authentic gleam and glamour to the grandeur of Hollywood film scores in this year’s Opening Event, featuring classic movie music from the Golden Age of Hollywood by Korngold, Herrmann, Waxman and a selection from the best-loved film composer on the planet: John Williams. In this epic family friendly concert, Gustavo Dudamel and his orchestra take over Tynecastle Park stadium for music from Star WarsHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneE.T. and many more.

Tickets are free for this event, but must be booked in advance. Tickets will be available from 1 July 2019

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

26 August 2019, 9pm | Princes Street Gardens

The 2019 Edinburgh International Festival Virgin Money Fireworks Concert will take place on Monday 26 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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