Edinburgh International Festival 2018: What’s On

The Edinburgh International Festival, where it all began all those years ago! Here we are 70+ years later, enjoying the best and finest performances from around the world.


Here are a few recommendations of shows we think sound amazing!



Hocus Pocus

Phillipe Saire Company – 10-12 August 2018


A captivating visual spectacle for families, bringing together dance, theatre and visual art to tell a fantastical tale of bravery. Suitable for children aged 7+.



London Symphony Orchestra (2 Parts)

10-11 August


Part 1: Rattle conducts Bernstein, Dvořák and Janáček

Part 2: Rattle conducts Mahler


In the first of two concerts, Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO are joined by legendary pianist Krystian Zimerman for Bernstein’s Second Symphony. In the second of their two-concert series, the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle perform Mahler’s Ninth Symphony – the composer’s struggle with the meaning of life.




Akram Khan Company – 16-18 August 2018


Marking the great dancer’s final performances in a full-length production, Akram Khan’s XENOS confronts the tragedy of the First World War.




Geoff Sobelle – 22-26 August 2018


A breathtaking and tender spectacle of illusion, choreography and storytelling that explores the everyday drama of what makes a house a home.



City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sheku Kanneh-Mason

17 August 2018


Winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award, 19-year old Sheku Kanneh-Mason become the highest charting cellist in official album chart history with his album, Inspiration, after he performed at St George’s Chapel while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed the marriage register. He joins the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for Elgar’s contemplative and elegiac Cello Concerto.



Don’t stop here, you must check it out for yourself! Find the Edinburgh International Festival’s website here.


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