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About Edinburgh International Festival
The Edinburgh International Festival is a festival of performing arts that is held in Edinburgh over three weeks in August. Unlike the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, while takes place at the same time, the International Festival is invitation-only, with some of the world’s best performers of dance and music invited to take part each year.
The festival was first held back in 1947 as a means of promoting culture in the wake of the Second World War and grew in size and international prestige over the nest few decades. In 1999, the International Festival moved to a permanent home right next to Edinburgh Castle.
As of 2012, the festival takes place at six of Edinburgh’s most important cultural venues, including the Usher Hall, the Festival Theatre, the Playhouse, the Queen’s Hall and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, as well as several smaller venues across the city.
Alongside dance and classical music, performances can also include theatre, opera and, occasionally, pop music. Also, outside of the three week period in the summer, the festival operates a year-round programme of education and outreach work aimed at promoting access to the arts across Scotland.
Tickets, as well as news on both past and future performances are available through the official International Festival website.