About the Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival presents a rich programme of classical music, theatre, opera and dance in six major theatres and concert halls and a number of smaller venues, over a three-week period in late summer each year. Festival 08 will run from the 8th to the 31st of August. Use the facilities at the right of this page to search this year's programme by art form or date.

In addition to mounting the annual three week programme of events, the Festival has a year-round programme of education and outreach work, aimed at all ages from primary school pupils to adults.

The Festival began in 1947, with the aim of providing 'a platform for the flowering of the human spirit'. Right from the start it inspired people to put on shows of their own outwith the official Festival, and soon these grew into the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then half a dozen or so more festivals have grown up around it in August and early September, and collectively these are often known as 'the Edinburgh Festival'.

All artists and companies in the Festival appear at the invitation of the Festival Director. The Festival’s budget covers all of the costs associated with delivering the programme including artists' fees and travel, venue hire and promotion of the event. The Festival, a not-for-profit organisation, is solely responsible for raising income from ticket sales, fundraising and sponsorship, which along with public sector grants, cover these costs. Edinburgh International Festival Society is a registered charity, no: SC004694.

The key venues used are the Usher Hall (capacity 2,300), the Festival Theatre (1,800), The Edinburgh Playhouse (2,900), the King’s Theatre (1,300), the Royal Lyceum Theatre (650), The Queen’s Hall (920) and The Hub (420).

If you want to know more, please read our Frequently Asked Questions - if that still doesn't tell you what you want to know, then feel free to contact us.

2006 Online Programme

2005 Online Programme

Annual Reviews

Each year an Annual Review is produced, containing an overview of each Festival, full financial information and a complete listing of events. The most recent of these are archived below in pdf format - you will need the Adobe Reader, or an equivalent, to view these.

2005 Edinburgh International Festival Annual Review

2004 Edinburgh International Festival

2003 Edinburgh International Festival

2002 Edinburgh International Festival

2001 Edinburgh International Festival

2000 Edinburgh International Festival

1999 Edinburgh International Festival

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