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    The Edinburgh International Festival takes place for 3 weeks every year, starting in mid-August. It is a performing arts festival which brings performers from around the world and includes opera, classical music, theatre and dance.

    The very first Edinburgh International Festival took place in 1947 and was founded by the head of the British Council in Scotland - Henry Harvey Wood, and Rudolf Bing – the general manager of the Glyndebourne Opera Festival.

    Events held as part of the International Festival are spread across several venues, but in 1999 the festival made ‘The Hub’ their permanent home. The Hub lies close to Edinburgh Castle and was built as an assembly house for The Church of Scotland.

    Other venues used as part of the festival ;

  • Edinburgh Playhouse (2,900 capacity)

  • Festival Theatre (1,800 capacity)

  • The Hub (420 capacity)

  • The Queens Hall (920 capacity)

  • Royal Lyceum Theatre (650 capacity)

  • Usher Hall (2,300 capacity)

  • The Edinburgh International Festival 2009 took place 14th August – 6th September.

    Official Edinburgh International Festival website

    Written by Shaun Flanagan

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