City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh International Festival


Festival Fireworks Concert

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks (Dave Stewart)

The Edinburgh Festival goes out each year with literally many, very large bangs, with the annual Festival Fireworks Concert.

Edinburgh International Festival

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The flagship Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) marks its 72nd anniversary in 2019. 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.

Edinburgh Festival 2019: Rocking Leith and Rousing Tynecastle

EIF 2019 launch - dancer

The Edinburgh International Festival today launched its 2019 programme of dance, theatre, and music for this August.

Gandalf Coming To Edinburgh International Festival 2019

Ian McKellen at EIF 1969  & now

For many, turning 80 years old would be an excuse to settle down at home for the quiet life.

Francesca Hegyi Appointed New Executive Director of Edinburgh International Festival

Francesca Hegyi - EIF Executive Director

The Edinburgh International Festival has announced the appointment of Francesca Hegyi OBE as the incoming Executive Director.

EIF 2018: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Princes Street Gardens, Review

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This year's Edinburgh International Festival finished with a concert in Princes Street Gardens - a concert in two parts.

EIF 2018: Mahler Symphony No 8, Usher Hall, Review

Hailed in the EIF brochure as an ‘epic choral masterpiece’, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony was the final Usher Hall concert in this year’s International Festival programme.

EIF 2018: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

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Every seat was filled for the first of two concerts at the Usher Hall which started the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's first overseas tour for thirteen years.

EIF 2018: Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 Competition Final, Usher Hall, Review

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Eighteen semi finalists arrived in Edinburgh at the weekend, all aged 18 or under, to try to reach the finals of the European Young Musicians competition in the Usher Hall.