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Edinburgh Festival 2018

August 3 - August 27

Edinburgh Festival 2018

Featuring 2,750 artists from 31 countries, the Edinburgh Festival 2018, or Edinburgh International Festival, kicks off on 3 August. This year’s programme features some of the best and emerging contemporary artists from around the world, including stellar names conductor Sir Simon Rattle, theatre director Peter Brook, choreographer Akram Khan and soprano Christine Goerke.

Resident theatrical company Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord takes centre stage with three original pieces, including a re-working of The Beggar’s Opera, while Peter Brook presents his new play The Prisoner, and Katie Mitchell has adapted Duras’ La Maladie de la Mort. There will also be a staging of Beckett’s classic Waiting for Godot by the acclaimed Druid Theatre company.

This year the Festival returns to the Leith Theatre for Light on the Shore, a season of concerts featuring contemporary Scottish bands and solo artists, including Mogwai and King Creosote. Elsewhere, John Grant and St. Vincent will also perform at the Edinburgh Festival 2018.

Edinburgh Festival 2018
Christine Goerke © Arielle Doneson

For the more classically tuned, performances of two Rossini operas, The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola compete with Christine Goerke playing Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Siegfried for your attention. While the Usher Hall hosts Sir Andrew Davis conducting Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel.

In total, there are 48 concerts and recitals featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra amongst others with Dvořák’s Requiem and Mahler’s Eight Symphony featuring.

The Edinburgh Festival is not the only show in town in August, read about the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

Akram Khan will choreograph Xenos, which deals with the experiences of soldiers in the First World War, as well as Kadamati, with 500 members of the local community taking to the steps of Holyrood Palace.

The Edinburgh Festival 2018 concludes with a spectacular firework display on 27 August, when in excess of 400,000 fireworks will illuminate the skies against Edinburgh Castle, to the music of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Edinburgh Festival 2018
Waiting for Godot © Matthew Thompson

Edinburgh Festival 2018 Dates

The Edinburgh Festival 2018 runs from 3 to 27 August.

Edinburgh Festival Tickets

You can purchase tickets for the Edinburgh Festival 2018 online at or by telephone at +44 (0)131 473 2000. Alternatively, buy tickets from the box office at the Hub (for address see below), which is open from 9am to 7.30pm.

Edinburgh Festival Programme

A full programme of all the events at the Edinburgh Festival 2018, is available from the website, you can download it here.

For a full list of Events and Festivals in the UK and elsewhere in August and beyond, click here.

Edinburgh Festival 2018 Address

The Hub on Castlehill, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival Accommodation

Accommodation in Edinburgh during both the Edinburgh International Festival 2018 and the Fringe fills up rapidly, but if you are looking for a room please consider booking it through our partnership with Agoda. It’s the same price as going direct, but Travel Begins at 40 will receive a tiny commission. Click here.

Cover photo: XENOS © Jean Louis Fernandez


August 3
August 27
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Edinburgh,EH1 2NEUnited Kingdom
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