The Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) has revealed plans for next year’s event to be brought forward to match the dates of the fringe event.
Incoming EIF director Fergus Linehan, who will take over from Sir Jonathan Mills, announced the festival will take place on 7-31 August 2015 to coincide with the Festival Fringe for the first time since 1996.
The event will also run alongside the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the International Book Festival and the Edinburgh Art Festival. The change of dates has come after consultation with the Fringe and the city’s Chamber of Commerce.
Linehan highlighted the 2015 festival will be a less structured event, and the opening concert would feature a large, free event involving the 130-strong Edinburgh Festival Chorus, an amateur ensemble from across Scotland which celebrates its 50th birthday next year.
Linehan also unveiled several events at next year’s festival, including a staging of the Ivo van Hove’s Antigone, starring French actress Juliette Binoche.
This year’s Edinburgh International Festival takes place on 8-31 August.
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