Edinburgh International Festival

  • 05 August 2022 - 28 August 2022
  • Various venues throughout Edinburgh

Bringing the world’s best music, theatre, opera & dance together, join in the celebrations as Edinburgh International Festival celebrates its 75th anniversary.

 The Queens Hall  Image Credit Mihaela Bodlovic(Image Credit Mihaela Bodlovic)

Edinburgh International Festival is the world’s leading performing arts festival, featuring the finest performers from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre. Created in 1947 to celebrate the human spirit, for three weeks each August the city becomes an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for people of all nations.

In 2022 this renowned festival celebrates its 75th anniversary - 75 years of unique collaborations, world premieres, critically acclaimed productions and more - all of which have captivated, thrilled and entertained worldwide audiences.

Highlights of this year’s programme include:

The festival’s opening night performance - MACRO, takes place at BT Murrayfield Stadium and is a free outdoor performance of jaw-dropping acrobatics, dance and live music, combining traditional Celtic music with indigenous Australian dance.

The theatre scene offer a spectacular mix – experience Liz Lochhead’s modern twist on the Greek tragedy Medea, or follow the journey of a multigenerational Sri Lankan-Australian family from 1956 to 2004 in Counting and Cracking. Taking place at Festival Theatre, A Little Life depicts Hanya Yanagihara’s novel of four men’s timeless friendship; while at The King’s Theatre, Alan Cumming explores the true character of Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, in the much anticipated, Burn.

The Queen’s Hall and Usher Hall will be erupting with the joyful sounds of classical music as the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra take up residence across four concerts, including Beethoven’s famed Ninth Symphony; Carmina Burana is performed by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and including an orchestral concert, an opera-in-concert, a chamber recital & three performances of Dvořák’s Rusalka, the Philharmonia Orchestra will also be taking up residency at this year’s festival.

The Akram Khan company will be retelling a magical dance of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, Jungle Book Reimagined; while Aakesh Odedra’s Samsara is a modern dance duet drawing inspiration from Chinese & Indian mythology and traditions.

Love the stirring sounds of jazz music? Then don’t miss Herbie Hancock at Edinburgh Playhouse. If indie rock is more your thing, Arab Strap will be performing at Leith Theatre.  While a highlight of this year’s opera offerings is Rusalka, the romantic tale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

After 3 weeks of outstanding dance, opera, music and theatre, EIF’s celebratory 75th festival comes to a close with a free afternoon concert performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra - keep an eye on their website for further details.

Edinburgh International Festival runs from 05 - 28 August. View the full programme here

Festival Street Performers Image Credit Edinburgh Festivals(Image Credit Edinburgh Festivals)


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