City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh International Festival

By edg - Posted on 18 March 2015

Scottish Ballet - EIF 2016
Event details
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 6:00pm - Monday, August 29, 2016 - 10:45pm
Telephone (info): 
0131 473 2099
Telephone (box office): 
0131 473 2000

The flagship Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), a high-brow assembly of some of the world's best music, opera, theatre, and dance companies, was launched in 1947 as a stage for peace and unity in Europe after the Second World War. It was out of the Festival that the now massive Edinburgh Fringe sprung and grew in subsequent years.

The full 2016 Festival programme was announced on Wednesday 6 April.

The 2016 Festival opens with a free, animation and light show centred on Edinburgh Castle called Deep Time and ends with the Festival Fireworks Concert on Monday 29th August.

Box Office: EIF Tickets

Considering the high quality of EIF productions you can often find reasonable prices for tickets at the festival - from £8 or £10. EIF ticket offers include 50% off for students in full-time education and under-18s on selected performances. In July / August look out for 50% off deals for concession card holders for "standby tickets".

  • 6 April: Priority tickets on sale to Festival friends and patrons.
  • 16 April: Public tickets go on sale through post, phone, and online via The Hub.