Golfers in Scotland August 2016: Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh is buzzing with entertainment from the 5th to the 29th. You can combine your Scotland golf tour with Edinburgh’s major festival.

Edinburgh International Festival: The very best in performing and visual arts bringing world class performances to Scotland’s picturesque and historic city.


Golf Options – While based in or near the city you can play several highly ranked golf courses on the coast east of Edinburgh. St Andrews is about 1 hour, 20 minutes by road and Gleneagles with three of Scotlands finest inland courses, including the Ryder Cup course, is just an hours drive.

Part 2 – Summary of International Festival Programme.

Full information on programme dates, times and online booking can be found at 


  • Free dazzling Opening event


Deep Time – is an epic public artwork with animation, lighting and music representing 350 million years of Edinburgh history. It recreates the ancient site from which Edinburgh started based upon the Castle and Castle Rock, a volcanic plug of dolerite 350 million years old.


  • Opera


Norma – Cecilia Bartoli sings the title role in a powerful passionate production of Bellini’s soaring opera masterpiece of love betrayal and revenge.

Cosi Fan Tutti – A brand new production of Mozart and de Ponte’s comic opera direct from this year’s Aix en Provence Festival.

Das Rheingold – Sung in German with English supertitles – Das Rheingold introduces the vast mythical world of Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, one of the greatest achievements in all opera.


  • Theatre


The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams – American Repertory Theatre directed by John Tiffany.

Richard III – William Shakespeare – production from Berlin Schaubuhne Theatre directed by Thomas Ostermeier.

Measure for Measure – William Shakespeare – by Britain’s Cheek by Jowl and Moscow’s Pushkin Theatre.

Shake – After Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare – directed by Dan Jemmett and his French based theatre company Eat a Crocodile.

Anything that gives off light – is a new co-production from Brooklyn based ensemble The Team and National Theatre of Scotland.

Vanishing Point – Two acclaimed productions by Glasgow based theatre company Vanishing Point. The Destroyed Room and Interiors.

The Toad Knew – James Thierree’s newest creation bringing together dancers, contortionists, high wire artists and his own extraordinary physical prowess.

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs – One of Scotland’s best loved artists dispenses seductive songs and intimate stories.


  • Dance


Natalia Osipova and guests


Scottish Ballet

Chotto Desh



  • Classical Music


Usher Hall Concerts – The Opening Concert

Orchestra Dell’ Accademia Nationale Di Santa Cecilia

Barry Humfries Weimar Cabaret

Maxim Vengerov in Recital

Schumann’s Manfred

Bachs St Matthew Passion

Pierre Boulez A Festival Celebration

Elgars The Apostles

Das Rheingold

Daniil Trifdnov in Recital

Berlioz’s Romeo Et Juliette

Mahlers Ninth Symphony

Russian National Orchestra

Russian National Orchestra 2

Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Minnesota Orchestra

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 1 and 2


Queens Hall Classical Concerts

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Mark Padmore & Kristian Bezuidenhout

Amaryllis Quartet

George Li

Simon Keenlyside & Friends

Mark Simpson, Antoine Tamestit. & Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Danielle De Niese & Dunedin

Magdalena Kozena & Malcolm Martineau

Andreas Ottensamer & Keleman Quartet


Steven Hough

Emerson String Quartet

Patricia Petibon & Susan Manoff

Daniel Trifanov & Friends

Steven Isserlis & Robert Levin

Florian Boesch & Malcolm Martineau

Richard Goode

Danish String Quartet

Hans Zenders Winterrreise


  • Contemporary Music


Youssou N’Dour – Senegalese Superstar

Godspeed you Black Emperor – Montreal cult band

Sigur Ros – Icelandic post rock giants

Flit – exploring themes of migration

Hopelessness – contemporary issues set to hard electronic dance soundtrack

Grit – new traditional Scottish music

Mogwai and Mark Cousins – concert and film, a fiery portrait of our atomic age

Wind Resistance – Karine Polwart performs story and song

Yorkston / Thorne / Khan – 21st century music from a Scottish folk singer, and jazz bassist and Indian classical singer and sarangi player

Young Fathers – uncompromising band, fierce, confrontational and unforgettable

Where your meant to be – film and concert starring Aidan Moffat

Emma Pollock is joined by her band and other influential people in Scottish music

Yann Tiersen – French composer and multi-instramentalist

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop showcase songs from their acclaimed album “Love letter for fire”


  • Virgin Money Fireworks concert


Inspirational music and breath-taking fireworks create a dazzling finale to the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival.

For a sample itinerary and St Andrews & Edinburgh package information visit here.

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