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This was the 2017 International Festival

From Bloom to the fireworks ‘boom’, the month of August flew by so quickly! Let’s revisit some of the 2017 International Festival highlights.

Herald Angel awards for the 2017 International Festival

This year, seven Herald Angel awards went to International Festival artists. Read on to find out who won and join us in congratulating them.

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2017 in facts and figures

We've totted up the numbers to show you just how large and spectacular it really is

Second week round up

Two weeks of the International Festival have flown by! Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from the last week.

First week round up

It’s been almost a week since the 2017 International Festival started, and what a week that was! Let’s revisit some of those incredible events.

14 times the cast of Die Walküre were EXTRA

14 times the cast of Die Walküre were extra and we loved them for it.

Staying safe during your visit

Your safety and security at International Festival events is of the upmost importance to us, whi

Discover Greek’s demonic energy with a side of Cockney drawl

An operatic blow to the stomach; why you should see Turnage's Greek at the International Festival this year.

Meet the artists of the New European Songbook

Get to know Matthew Herbert, Conchita Wurst and more artists in the New European Songbook concerts line-up presented as part of Spirit of '47 programme.

Weekly playlist #17

This week's playlist is full of your recommendations and favourites from the 70th anniversary International Festival programme.

All you need to know about the Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Get ready for the Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom with our blog detailing everything you'll need to know.

Five reasons to see Rain at the International Festival

Read our blog to learn more about the iconic contemporary dance piece choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

Meet the performers of MINEFIELD

Get to know the Argentine and British veterans and their stories as they audition for MINEFIELD.

Weekly playlist #16

Listen to the new weekly playlist, telling the tales of the International Festival's 70 year history.

70 years of stories in the International Festival programme

Read some of the past tales helping to shape this year's programme in our blog celebrating 70 years of the International Festival.

What is the Spirit of ’47?

We’re taking a closer look at the Spirit of ‘47 programme co-curated with the British Council, a co-founder of the International Festival.