The first festival
Held every August since 1947, Edinburgh International Festival is the mother of them of all. Over three weeks, Edinburgh is transformed into a world stage of art, music, opera, dance and theatre, with participants handpicked by the festival director. This year’s event will open with a free light show at Edinburgh Castle and will close with a literal bang with a firework concert on the last night. Many major events are held right in the heart of the city, at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, a beautiful 19th century theatre with room for 2,000 people. Most tickets are affordable, with early bird discounts and exclusive offers available via the website.