Details of the Edinburgh International Festival 2015 revealed

Today the Edinburgh International Festival’s new Director, Fergus Linehan, unveiled his first programme.

The Festival will run from Friday 7 August to Monday 31 August and will welcome over 3,000 artists from 39 nations.

Remaining one of the world’s largest and most diverse curated festivals, as well as one of the most accessible with substantial discounts and a low entry price tickets, the Edinburgh International Festival continues to attract people from across the globe, expecting its audiences to travel from around 70 nations this year to be part of the global cultural celebration in Edinburgh.

The Festival continues to offer discounts for young ticket buyers (18 or under, or 26 or under and in full time education) with a discount of 50% available on all tickets from the opening of ticket sales.

This year’s Festival opens with a huge sound and light spectacular. The Harmonium Project, outside the Usher Hall celebrates Edinburgh’s relationship with architecture, learning, music and its role in developing technology. 59 Productions, which combines technology and art to amazing effect will create an event which celebrates 50 years of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, setting a recording of the Chorus, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and principal conductor Peter Oundjian performing John Adams’s Harmonium to stunning visuals projected onto the outside of the Hall formed by data gathered at the University of Edinburgh as part of its research into wearable technologies and facial mapping and its work with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

One of the world’s largest fireworks concerts continues to bring the season to a close. On Monday 31 August theVirgin Money Fireworks Concert will launch over 400,000 fireworks into the sky above Edinburgh Castle, choreographed to live music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, an unmissable evening. 2015 also marks the realignment of the International Festival with the other August festivals in Edinburgh, including the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Art Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s new Festivals and Events Champion, said: “The ongoing success of the Edinburgh International Festival speaks for itself and under Fergus Linehan’s watch, there is a clear desire to offer audiences a variety of performances to suit all ages.

"Opening the Festival with a bang outside Edinburgh’s iconic Usher Hall, which is owned and managed by the City of Edinburgh Council, the Festival’s Harmonium Project is sure to have great appeal.

"It is important that through the Edinburgh International Festival, people see and experience shows and acts that they would not otherwise try, and I am pleased that the EIF has committed to celebrating this by offering event more events that will be staged throughout the year in communities across the city.”

Tickets for all events at the Festival go on sale on Saturday 28 March at 10am, unless signed up for priority booking which opens on Thursday 19 March at 10am. The full programme is available to view at the EIF website.

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