City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh International Festival

By edg - Posted on 15 March 2017

Five Telegrams
Event details
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 6:00pm - Monday, August 27, 2018 - 10:45pm
Telephone (info): 
0131 473 2099
Telephone (box office): 
0131 473 2000

The flagship Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) marks its 71st anniversary in 2018. A high-brow assembly of some of the world's best music, opera, theatre, and dance companies, the festival 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.

In recent years, the Festival has opened with a free, animation and light show - in 2018 it opened with Five Telegrams, and in 2017 it was Bloom. Each year the festival ends in time-honoured fashion with the spectacular Festival Fireworks Concert, this year on Monday 27th August.

Box Office: EIF Tickets

Considering the high quality of EIF productions you can often find reasonable prices for tickets at the festival starting at £6.

EIF ticket include 50% off for under-18s on selected performances as soon as tickets go on sale. From Wednesday 4th July, there are 30% off deals for concession card holders, and if you are under 26 years old pay only £8 on the day for selected performances.

  • Wednesday 15th March: Online EIF 2018 programme launch.
  • Saturday 17 March: Priority tickets on sale to Festival friends and patrons.
  • Saturday 24 March, 10am: Public tickets go on sale through post, phone, and online via The Hub.