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Article published 31/03/2022

The programme for the 75th Edinburgh International Festival has been revealed and to celebrate 75 years of bring world cultures together it is defined by international partnerships and bold collaborations that span continents, generations and genres.

Returning to Edinburgh's theatres and concert halls at a scale not seen since 2019, 14 venues will host 87 events and over 160 performances from over 2,300 artists - once again turning Edinburgh into a global celebration of world-class music, opera, dance and theatre. 

Among them is Macro, a spectacular free opening event supported by EventScotland at BT Murrayfield featuring Australian contemporary circus powerhouse Gravity and Other Myths, First Nations dance company Djuki Mala, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and Scottish Musicians including Aidan O'Rourke, Brìghde Chaimbeul and Kathleen MacInnes.

It also features Dreamachine, part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK. This powerful immersive experience will use light and sound to explore the potential of the human mind and will take place at Murrayfield Ice Rink. Created by Collective Act, it brings together Turner Prize-winning artists Assemble, Grammy and Mercury nominated composer Jon Hopkins, and a team of leading technologists, scientists and philosophers.

Light in space

The 2022 International Festival will also pilot a number of artistic residencies as part of ongoing work to make the event more sustainable by reducing the amount of travel required.

As part of their ongoing commitment to accessibility, the 2022 programme includes audio described, captioned and British Sign Language interpreted performances, touch tours, relaxed performances and free tickets to classical music concerts for over 250 young people.

While its digital programme, At Home, will feature behind-the-scenes interviews, exclusive music sessions and performances filmed in iconic locations around Edinburgh.

2022 is a special year for the Festival. We hope that it will mark a turning point in the pandemic that has changed all our lives over the past two years. It is our 75th Anniversary and an opportunity to pay tribute to our first Artistic Director, Rudolph Bing, a refugee of war in Europe. And it is my final year as Festival Director as we hand the reigns over to a new generation. Edinburgh is more than a collection of performances, it is the great annual meeting point for artists and all those who love music, theatre, dance, and literature. We hope you will join us once again for this unmissable celebration.

Fergus Linehan, Festival Director, Edinburgh International Festival

General booking for the 2022 International Festival opens on Friday 8 April. Further details on the Opening Event, Marco, will be announced on 27 June.

Visit the Edinburgh International Festival website to see the full 2022 programme.

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