Organisers of Edinburgh International Festival have announced the 2023 programme under the vision of new festival director Nicola Benedetti, featuring artists such as John Cale, Alison Goldfrapp, Jake Bugg and Lady Blackbird.

Taking place across multiple Edinburgh venues from 4-27 August, the event will bring together performers and ensembles across music, dance, opera and theatre. The venues involved include Festival Theatre (cap. 1,915), Queen’s Hall (900) and Playhouse (3,059).

Also playing at the event are sitar player Anoushka Shankar, Japanese singer Ichiko Aoba, Irish quartet Lankum, electronic musician Matthew Herbert, American bluegrass band Nickel Creek and fado singer Mariza.

Benedetti (pictured) said, “’Where do we go from here?’ At a time of huge change and challenge across the world, it seems timely to pause to think about which artists can speak to this question and perhaps attempt to answer it, from a range of different perspectives.

“As a festival, the Edinburgh International Festival has long been dedicated to advocating world-class music making and innovating new ways to bring it to audiences. I am immensely proud of this year’s programme and look forward to expanding on this legacy in 2023.”

Venues and dates:

  • 12 August, Festival Theatre – Lady Blackbird
  • 15 August, Festival Theatre – Mariza
  • 17 August, Queen’s Hall – Lankum
  • 18 August, Queen’s Hall – Matthew Herbert
  • 19 August, Queen’s Hall – Ichiko
  • 23 August, Playhouse – Jake Bugg
  • 24 August, Playhouse – Nickel Creek
  • 25 August, Playhouse – Alison Goldfrapp
  • 26 August, Festival Theatre – John Cale
  • 27 August, Festival Theatre – Anoushka Shankar