2 August 2012

Edinburgh International Festival

Experience the unique atmosphere of Edinburgh in August during an unforgettable three weeks of the very best in international opera, music, theatre and dance.

Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world's most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts - for everyone.

Edinburgh's six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best classical music, theatre, opera, dance and visual art from around the globe.

The atmosphere in the city is something special. The Daily Telegraph said - ‘not just the most thrilling, beguiling, preposterously enjoyable place on Earth; it is also wonderfully addictive.' Or as The Spectator suggested, ‘you can sleep in September'.
Outside the buzz of those three weeks the Festival has a year-round programme of education and outreach work, aimed at all ages from primary school pupils to adults.


The main difference between the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is in their programming policies. The Edinburgh International Festival principally promotes opera, classical music, dance and theatre, and participation in the International Festival is by invitation only, issued by the Festival Director. The Fringe Festival has no selection process in its programming; anyone can present any type of performing arts they like and pay a fee to the Fringe for services such as box office and inclusion in the brochure.

You can buy tickets online at eif.co.uk, or by calling Hub Tickets at 0131 473 2000, or visiting The Hub at Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE. 

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