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.

Festival 2012 is packed full of thrilling drama from some of the world's greatest directors, scintillating classical and contemporary dance, world-class opera from across the UK and beyond, and beautiful music from a whole host of international conductors, orchestras and soloists. Don't delay, start planning your Festival today and make sure you've booked your seats for one of the greatest arts festivals in the world.

A major new addition to the Festival in 2012 sees the Royal Highland Centre’s Lowland Hall converted into a theatrical space housing three productions which can’t be staged in conventional theatres. Grzegorz Jarzyna’s (4.48 Psychosis 2008 Festival) visceral and multi-media version of Macbeth is set in the Middle East, 2008: Macbeth (pictured above). Legendary French director Ariane Mnouchkine returns to the UK after a gap of 20 years with an epic and witty production Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir (Aurores). Christoph Marthaler also makes a rare appearance in the UK with an off the wall and very funny adaptation of My Fair Lady, Meine faire Dame – ein Sprachlabor.

These three plays run at the Lowland Hall in a venue specially created with the collaborative support of the City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland and EventScotland to enable the Festival’s ambitions in 2012. These productions are also part of London 2012 Festival

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Edinburgh International Festival is included in the Year of Creative Scotland Partner Events Programme.

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