Taking part

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The Edinburgh International Festival is a curated Festival, which means that artists are invited to perform by the Festival Director Fergus Linehan.

The planning of each year's International Festival – an exhilarating mix of music, theatre, opera and dance from the world's leading artists – is an ongoing process. Projects and programmes are developed with companies and individual performers often several years in advance.

Fergus and colleagues keeps in touch with what's happening in the arts around the globe, travelling the world in search of artists and performances to bring to Edinburgh.

If you think you or your company have something exciting that the Edinburgh International Festival is missing then email performing@eif.co.uk or send invitations and information to:

Planning Administrator
Edinburgh International Festival
The Hub
Edinburgh EH1 2NE

Please note that we receive a lot of information and unfortunately are not able to acknowledge receipt or return material. 

How you can take part

The Festival Chorus offers opportunities for enthusiastic amateur singers to work with the world's top conductors and orchestras in International Festival concerts. Find out more about becoming a part of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Working for the International Festival
The International Festival adds to its core team of staff in the run up to and during the International Festival itself, mainly in the technical department, artist liaison, press office and ticketing services.

All opportunities, temporary and permanent, are advertised on our jobs page, Facebook, and Twitter. If you've got the skills and are up to the challenge, take a look!

Performing outside the Edinburgh International Festival
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe happens in Edinburgh at roughly the same time as the International Festival. It began as a small group of performers inspired by the International Festival to put on a show and, in contrast to the International Festival, doesn't require an invitation – anyone can take part.

The Fringe is a separate organisation so anyone interested in taking part should visit edfringe.com.