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Friends and Patrons can keep up to date with the Festival year round via our regular newsletters and ebulletins and are also sent a copy of the Festival brochure.

For the latest news from the Festival you can download a copy of our most recent newsletter here.

Friends and Patrons of the Festival also have access to an exclusive programme of year round events, including everything from backstage tours and talks with artists to overseas trips to joining us for a pre-performance or interval drink during the Festival. We also offer the chance to catch up with fellow members and arts lovers at our regular Friends on Monday coffee mornings plus lunches and afternoon teas throughout the year. These events provide exclusive behind-the-scenes insights, bringing you closer to the Festival and enhancing your Festival experience year round.

Our events programme is released three times a year and you can see the upcoming events listed below, as well as examples of our previous events programmes. Only those with a current Edinburgh International Festival membership will be able to book. Find out more about becoming a Friend or Patron here.

To purchase tickets online: click here.
By phone: call the Membership Office on 0131 473 2065
By post: download the Events Booking Form and return it to:

Friends and Patron Events
Edinburgh International Festival
The Hub, Castlehill
Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.

Summer 2014 Friends Events Programme

Up close with The Great Tapestry of Scotland
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Wednesday 16 July, 5.30pm

Lunch at The Honours
The Honours, North Castle Street, Edinburgh
Wednesday 13 August, 1.45pm

Owen Wingrave Friends and Patrons’ Reception
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
Friday 15 August, 7.00pm

Jenners, a House of Frasers Store Festival Celebration Party
Jenners, Princes Street, Edinburgh
Sunday 17 August, 10.00pm-1.00am

Lunch at the Plumed Horse
The Plumed Horse, Henderson Street, Edinburgh
Tuesday 19 August, 1.30pm

Lunch at The Bonham
The Bonham Hotel, Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh
Friday 22 August, 1.30pm

Afternoon Tea at Edinburgh Playhouse
The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Edinburgh
Saturday 23 August, 6.00pm

Lunch at The Grain Store
The Grain Store, Victoria Street, Edinburgh
Wednesday 27 August, 1.30pm

Curator Talk Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
Monday 22 September, 2.00pm

Linlithgow Palace
Wednesday 15 October, 10.30am

Friends on Monday
Cafe Hub, Edinburgh
14 July, 8 September, 13 October, 10 November 10.30am

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Download the full programme here.

Previous Friends Events Programmes

Spring 2014 Events Programme
Autumn/Winter 2013 Events Programme

Summer 2013 Events Programme