What to see at the 2022 Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival: What’s On

Edinburgh is well known for its annual festivals. One, however, which rises head and shoulders above the others is the Edinburgh International Festival. Since 1947, the festival has grown into an all-encompassing takeover of arts in the city during August. The festival takes the best of theatre, opera, dance and music from around the world to create a world-class cultural event. And what better place to stay whilst you live and breathe the festival than Parliament House Hotel? We’re in easy walking range of most venues, and only a quick bus or taxi ride to the rest.

So, let’s take a look at what’s on at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2022…

Opening Night: Macro

Held this year at Murrayfield Stadium, the opening night of the Edinburgh International Festival will be a spectacular celebration of music, dance and theatre. This is a collaboration between Australian circus group Gravity & Other Myths, dance troupe Djuki Mala and composer Ekrem Eli Phoenix. And also Scottish folk musician Aidan O’Rourke and the National Youth Choir of Scotland. This will be a magical display of human skill and co-ordination, teamed with music, light displays and projections. Taking place on 5th August at 9.30pm, the event is free but ticketed. How to get tickets.

The Opening Concert

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Conductor Sir Donald Runnicles kick off this year’s amazing programme of concerts. Bringing the Usher Hall to life with music and song, they will perform Carl Orff’s spectacular cantata, Carmina Burana. Tickets from £22.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The renowned Philadelphia Orchestra brings a series of exciting concerts to the festival. Including a free but ticketed outdoor concert on 27th August. This afternoon concert celebrates the International Festival’s 75th anniversary. Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the programme will include pieces from Puccini, Gershwin and Beethoven and exciting new works. How to get tickets.

Jungle Book Reimagined

The Akram Khan Company reimagine this Rudyard Kipling classic, with a spell-binding dance performance at the Festival Theatre from 25th to 28th August. Set in the near future, it explores the themes of climate change and the natural world. A beautiful and poignant piece, relevant to the issues of today. Tickets from £21.

Burn, starring Alan Cumming

Burn is a dance theatre show about Scots legend Robert Burns. Created by Scottish actor Alan Cumming and award-winning Choreographer Steven Hogget, the show delves deeper into the story behind the celebrated poet, from his poverty and tragedy to his triumphs and successes. On at the King’s Theatre from 4th to 10th August. Tickets from £31.

Explore the programme

There’s so much more to discover in this year’s programme. With residencies from the International Theater Amsterdam and the Philharmonia Orchestra. A world premiere of the Scottish Ballet’s Coppélia. An special show from jazz icon Herbie Hancock. Additionally, a whole series of wonderful musical acts are scheduled to perform at newly revived Leith Theatre. What’s more, there’s a whole digital programme of At Home events. So, take a look at the full programme here and book your tickets online. And remember to book your room with us in advance to give you the best seats in the house!