Discover hidden gems and well- known festivals alike, with our ultimate insider’s guide. From globally renowned shows to lesser-known local celebrations, our inside track is the perfect starting point to curate your festival itinerary and make the most of summer in the city.
Edinburgh International Festival
A visit to Edinburgh in August means the chance to experience the largest, most illustrious culture festival in the world. Comprising an abundant selection of events to celebrate the world’s cultural pinnacle, from military grandeur and literary lectures to captivating science shows and intimate jazz and blues, there is something for everyone at the Edinburgh International Festival. Enjoy an unparalleled atmosphere in the city during festival season as the international celebration garners a global crowd of visitors who bring the streets of the capital to life.
Split into three meaningful themes, Edinburgh International Festival’s musical programme is the perfect place to start for visitors with a penchant for the classical arts. The three pertinent themes this summer are Community Over Chaos, Hope in the Face of Adversity, and A Perspective That’s Not One’s Own. Explored through the medium of moving orchestral concerts marking the premiere of musical scores from prodigies such as Tan Buddha, as well as performances from the Royal Scottish National Youth chorus, the residency is set to creatively represent the joy of music with stylistic innovation.