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Posted on 15.03.18

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 Elyséesand 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. 

Full article can be read here!