Edinburgh International Festival 2018 Programme Announced

Yesterday the Edinburgh International Festival unveiled its 2018 programme.

The International Festival runs Friday 3 to Monday 27 August. The event welcomes 2,750 artists from 31 nations to perform in Scotland’s capital city and attracts visitors from all over the world, with audiences expected to travel from over 80 nations to be part of Edinburgh’s global celebration of culture.

The 2018 programme features a mix of some of the very best contemporary artists and ensembles from across world. Artists include celebrated classical musicians with conductor Sir Simon Rattle, soprano Christine Goerke and violinist Nicola Benedetti, leading UK choreographers Akram Khan and Wayne McGregor, theatre makers Peter Brook, Katie Mitchell and Geoff Sobelle, American musicians and singer-songwriters St. Vincent and John Grant, actors Anna Deveare Smith and Irène Jacob, writers David Greig, Alice Birch and Édouard Louis, and contemporary Scottish musicians from Mogwai to King Creosote and special projects with ensembles including the Dunedin Consort and the GRIT Orchestra.

  • Major international companies include Paris’s legendary Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord – resident company at the Festival with three new works, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Opéra de Lyon. World leading orchestras include the London Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

  • Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People and reflecting on the centenary of the end of the Great War, the Standard Life Aberdeen Opening Event: Five Telegrams is a unique collaboration between Scottish composer Anna Meredith and digital artists 59 Productions. Inspired by materials found in the Imperial War Museum.

  • The International Festival returns to Leith Theatre for the first time in 30 years with a season called Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside, celebrating Scottish popular music and Leith as a creative hub. The season brings together bands, orchestral ensembles and curators including Mogwai, Django Django, Karine Polwart, Lau, Neu! Reekie!, Hidden Door and Celtic Connections
  • In 2018 the International Festival shines a light on young artists and features over 600 young musicians from 50 nations in performance at the Usher Hall. A new initiative - Free for Under 18s in 2018 - invites young audiences to enjoy these concerts free of charge.

  • Scottish artists and ensembles featured include the Dunedin Consort, Hebrides Ensemble, Nicola Benedetti, Stewart Laing and Pamela Carter, National Theatre of Scotland, David Greig and Gordon McIntyre, Scotland’s national orchestras – the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and rising star mezzo soprano, Catriona Morison.
  • International artists visit from all over the world, with performers from nations including Sri Lanka, Rwanda, USA, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Poland and Hungary. 

  • Major co-commissions from the International Festival include Xenos by Akram Khan Company, The Beggar’s Opera and La Maladie de la mort from Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, HOME by Geoff Sobelle and Wayne McGregor Company’s Autobiography
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Standard Life Aberdeen Opening Event: Five Telegrams

The 2018 International Festival begins with a free, outdoor performance celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People and marking the centenary of the end of the Great War. The Standard Life Aberdeen Opening Event: Five Telegrams is a unique collaboration between Anna Meredith, one of Scotland’s most exciting contemporary composers, and Tony Award-winning artists 59 Productions. Inspired by communications found in the Imperial War Museum which document the experience of young soldiers at the end of the War, the piece explores ideas of propaganda, censorship and technology, and their startling resonance across 100 years to the present day. Five Telegrams comprises a new work for orchestra, projected digital artworks on the Usher Hall and is experienced by the audience from Festival Square. The event will be developed with contributions from Edinburgh based young people, who will co-design elements of the work and participate in it, with over 250 young people taking part in the performance. The Standard Life Aberdeen Opening Event: Five Telegrams is co-commissioned by the BBC Proms and 14-18 Now – the piece will also form part of the Opening Night of the BBC Proms on 13 July. Sponsored by Standard Life Aberdeen, supported by Scotland's Year of Young People through EventScotland, and produced in association with the University of Edinburgh.

For information on the full programme visit www.eif.co.uk

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