The Edinburgh International Festival is the leading event in Scotland's cultural calendar and turns the capital city into the world's cultural hotspot every August.

In 2022 Edinburgh International Festival is celebrating its 75th anniversary in style. As part of their celebrations, the festival is giving away over 35,000 free tickets to contemporary circus performances, world-renowned orchestras, immersive art installations and more! The opening weekend will welcome the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra for a historic free concert at the Usher Hall, and a spectacular free event, MACRO, hosted at BT Murrayfield, featuring circus and physical theatre company Gravity & Other Myths, First Nations dance company Djuki Mala, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and a variety of Scottish Museums.

The History of Edinburgh International Festival

Since 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival has attracted the biggest stars of stage and concert halls, with luminaries ranging from Maria Callas to Sir Ian McKellen, Yehudi Menuhin to Margot Fonteyn, Pavarotti to Nicola Benedetti.

Designed to bring people together and create a festival spirit through great art after World War II, the Edinburgh International Festival has always aimed to present a programme of classical music, opera, theatre and dance of the highest possible standard, with the director inviting the best artists in the world to perform. It continues to create a wide breadth of thrilling cultural experiences for all who attend.

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