Edinburgh, The Festival City

The Edinburgh International Festival is an amazing and absorbing three weeks of some of the best artists and companies in the world in the stunning city of Edinburgh.

The Festival brings together international artists in unique collaborations between countries and continents. You have to be here in August to watch the best sparkle on stage.

Start your morning with a scintillating classical music recital in the intimate Bank of Scotland Queen’s Hall Series. Recitals feature music from world renowned artists such as Jordi Savall, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer and the Tokyo String Quartet.

Then explore Jardins Publics, a major visual art exhibition for Festival 07 – discover three newly commissioned installations, inspired by and located in Edinburgh’s beautiful city centre. The atmospheric church Greyfriars Kirk is the perfect setting for Concerto Italiano to lead you through Monteverdi’s Madrigals in five early evening concerts. Also at Greyfriars, eleven Harmony and Humanity concerts feature the world’s specialists in medieval and Renaissance music including Anonymous 4, The Tallis Scholars and The Orlando Consort. Beautiful and atmospheric concerts.

You’ll find major symphonic concerts, recitals and a sprinkling of the unexpected in the Usher Hall in the evenings while in theatres across the city you can experience world, European and UK premieres of the very best drama, dance, music theatre, opera and contemporary ballet.

Artists and companies include: Deborah Voigt, Anthony Marwood, Dame Gillian Weir, Yefi m Bronfman and The Tiger Lillies; Scottish Ballet, Compagnie Montalvo-Hervieu and the Vienna Schauspielhaus; the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and the Gürzenich Orchestra; Theatre Cryptic, the National Theatre of Scotland, Mabou Mines; Robert Spano, Jennifer Larmore, Nicholas McGegan and Jean-Christophe Spinosi among many, many others…

'Edinburgh in August is not just the most thrilling, beguiling, preposterously enjoyable place on Earth; it is also wonderfully addictive.'

- The Daily Telegraph

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