The Edinburgh International Festival was the inspired idea of Rudolf Bing, then the General Manager of Glyndebourne Opera, Henry Harvey Wood, the Head of the British Council in Scotland, and leaders from the City of Edinburgh. It was established in 1947 as a world class cultural event to bring together audiences and artists from around the world.
As such a vibrant, innovative, energetic organisation, the International Festival contributes to many aspects of life, be it cultural and economic, education and society and enhances the lives of people not just in Edinburgh and Scotland, but around the world.
The 2018 International Festival begins with a free, outdoor performance on Friday 3 August celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People and marking the centenary of the end of the Great War. The Standard Life Aberdeen Opening Event: Five Telegramsis a unique collaboration between Scottish composer and musician Anna Meredith and Tony Award-winning artists 59 Productions.