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Edinburgh International Festival 2008 Program (Aug. 8-31, 2008)
 Now in its 62nd holding, the Edinburgh International Festival has made Edinburgh, Scotland the world’s foremost arts festival city and a summer event on everyone’s calendar. This year’s program features 83 works of theater, dance, music, opera and other genre in a schedule that will run from August 8 to 31.

Of the 11 domestic and foreign works on the theater program, three are world premieres. Among these is a new play titled 365 written for this year’s festival by Scottish playwright David Harrower, winner of the 2007 Best New Play Award of the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards. It is a work that explores the emotions and memories of the 70,000 orphans living in the UK today as they make their passage into adulthood. It is directed by the National Theatre of Scotland’s Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone. (Hand-held translation monitor available) One of Germany’s leading musicians and performers, Heiner Goebbels presents a unique piece titled I went to the house but did not enter that is a fusion of music and literature based on texts by T.S. Elliot, Maurice Blanchot and Samuel Beckett. The polish theater company from Wroclaw, TR Warszawa, will perform Dybbuk a play based on a Yiddish play and a Jewish short story, and 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane.

In dance, there will be a world premiere of the new work Dorian Gray by Mathew Bourne and performances of Deca Dance 2008 by Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company choreographed by its artistic director Ohad Naharin.

In addition to the performances there will also be debates on artistic and religious themes, talk shows with artist guests, and workshops.

[About the Festival]
The Edinburgh International Festival is a performing arts festival held in the Scottish capital. It was launched in 1947 with the aim of providing a venue for expression of the human spirit. During the 3-week period it is held each year in August, there are also five other festivals run at the same time in Edinburgh: Festival Fringe, the International Film Festival, the International Book Festival, the Jazz and Blues Festival and the Military Tattoo festival. Today, this August period of festivals is referred to together as the “Edinburgh Festival.”

The Edinburgh International Festival consists of separate opera, classical music, dance, theater and visual arts categories and all of the participating artists receive an official invitation from the festival’s Artistic Director (presently Jonathan Mills), and the festival pays them a performance fee as well as shipping costs studio/performance hall rental fees and advertising costs.

The nationwide newspaper Guardian cooperates by publishing a free daily listing all of the daily program schedules for the six festivals, helping to add to the festive atmosphere as Edinburgh is transformed each August into the world’s largest “festival city” welcoming visitors from around the globe.
+Edinburgh International Festival
Venues: National Theatre of Scotland, etc.
Dates: Aug. 8-31, 2008