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Friends and Patrons can keep up to date with the Festival year round via our regular newsletters and emails 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.

Autumn/Winter 2014 Friends Events Programme

Late-night Christmas shopping event at Jenners, a House of Fraser Store
Jenners, Princes Street, Edinburgh
Friday 28 November, 6.00pm-9.00pm

ANTA private shopping event
119 George Street, Edinburgh
Wednesday 3 December, 6.00pm

Songs of Edinburgh with Alexander McCall Smith including pre-performance reception
The Queen's Hall, Clerk Street, Edinburgh
Tuesday 9 December, 7.00pm (performance begins at 8.00pm)

Friends and Patrons Christmas lunch
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, 81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Wednesday 17 December, 1.30pm

Meet new Director Fergus Linehan
Dunard Library, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh
Monday 12 January, 5.30pm

Edinburgh International Festival Launch Party 2015 - Edinburgh or London
Edinburgh: Wednesday 18 March
London: Thursday 19 March

Spring walk, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Arboretum Place, Edinburgh
Wednesday 15 April, 2.00pm

Friends on Monday
Cafe Hub, Edinburgh
8 December, 12 January, 9 February, 9 March, 10.30am

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Download the full programme here.

2015 Friends and Patron Trip to New York

Our 2015 overseas tour will see us visit New York, with three start-studded performances at the Metropolitan Opera, a backstage tour of the Met and visits to other cultural highlights of the city. Download the full itinerary here and if you have any questions or would like to make a reservation please contact Lucy Ayling at Kirker Holidays on 020 7593 2284 or email

Previous Friends Events Programmes

Summer 2014 Events Programme
Spring 2014 Events Programme

Autumn/Winter 2013 Events Programme

Summer 2013 Events Programme