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Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh International Festival)

August 5, 2022 - August 28, 2022

Edinburgh Festival EIF

The Edinburgh Festival, or Edinburgh International Festival, kicks off on 5 August, 2022. This year’s programme features some of the best and emerging contemporary artists from around the world.

This year sees the 75th Edinburgh International Festival with more than 80 events across the city. You shoud not confuse it with the Edinburgh Fringe which runs at approximately the same time as EIF,

2022 Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh Festival EIF
ROOM © Richard Haughton

This year the word of theatre will be represented by Liz Lochhead’s rendition of Greek tragedy Medea, immersive perfromance Muster Station: Leith; and James Thiérree’s ROOM

Classical music fans can listen to performances of Carmina Burana and Dvořák’s opera Rusalka and Salome. Dance will feature Jungle Book reimagined, Aakesh Odedra’s Samsara and the Scottish Ballet’s Coppélia.

There will be gigs from a range of artists including Niteworks, Princess Nokia, Romanian folk stars Taraf de Cali, Jeff Mills, Arab Strap and Herbie Hancock.

There will also be a perfromance from South African soprano Golda Schultz with pianist partner Jonathan Ware, called This be her verse, a collection of songs by overlooked female composers.

Full details of the 2022 programme – from opera to theatre and contemporary music can be found here. There will also be some events held online.

Golda Shultz © Dario Acosta
Golda Shultz © Dario Acosta

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

Edinburgh International Festival Dates

The Edinburgh Festival 2022 runs from 5 to 28 August.

Edinburgh International Festival Tickets

You can purchase tickets 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). All booking information can be found here.

Edinburgh Festival Programme

A full programme is available here.

Edinburgh International Festival Address

The Hub on Castlehill, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Accommodation

Accommodation in Edinburgh during August fills up rapidly due to both the EIF and the Fringe. Enter your dates in our flight and hotel comparison engine to search hundreds of sites for the best deals:

Cover photo: Samsara © Nirvair Singh


August 5, 2022
August 28, 2022
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Edinburgh Festival The Hub
Edinburgh,EH1 2NEUnited Kingdom
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