The flagship Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) is a high-brow assembly of some of the world's best music, opera, theatre, and dance companies.
The festival was launched in 1947 as a stage for peace and unity in Europe after the Second World War. It was out of the Festival that the now massive Edinburgh Fringe sprung and grew in subsequent years.
After a year out due to Covid-19 in 2020, the EIF returned in 2021 with a music-heavy festival line-up in outdoor pavilions at Ednburgh Park and Old College Quad and a handful of its usual venues.
The EIF also introduce a an online programme of free shows - including concerts and theatre recorded at the festival, and specially commissioned dance films from around the world. The strand EIF At Home featured 18 full length performances, available on-demand through the EIF web site.
Traditionally, the festival climaxes in time-honoured fashion with the Festival Fireworks Concert, although the opening and closing events were cancelled in 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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Tickets go on sale to the public on 8th April 2022.
There is priority booking from 1st April for Friends of the EIF. Friends is the membership scheme run by the festival which starts at £60 per year.
Considering the high quality of EIF productions you can often find reasonable prices for tickets at the festival if you are on a tight budget.
In previous years, EIF has carried ticket deals such as 50% off for under-18s on selected performances as soon as tickets go on sale; 30% off deals for concession card holders (from July); and £8 on the day for under 26-year-olds for selected performances.