Headed to Edinburgh for Festival season? So are these German artists!

Director Fergus Linehan launches the EIF 2018 programme

Summer time is festival time! From music, art and film to science and literature, Edinburgh has a packed programme throughout the year but especially in summer. This year, more than 3,000 events from performers of various nations will attract millions to Edinburgh. Festival visitors will experience a city full of energy —on the famous Royal Mile as much as the Old Town or the numerous other event locations.

Whether you’re going for the Edinburgh Book Fest, Fringe or the Edinburgh International Festival, here are our picks among the fantastic line-up of German art in the Scottish capital this summer.


Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival started to bring together artists from around the world in 1947. It was to be the avantguard for a host of cultural festivals which Edinburgh is famous for today.

Four soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker join Christian Blackshaw

Pianist Christian Blackshaw

Noah Bendix-Balgley (Violin), Máté Szucs (Viola), Martin Löhr (Cello) and Matthew McDonald (Double Bass), all principal players from the Berliner Philharmoniker, join British pianist Christian Blackshaw to perform Schubert and Mozart.

Mozart Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor K478
Schubert Piano Sonata in A minor D784
Schubert Piano Quintet in A D667 ‘Trout’

18 August 2018 | The Queen’s Hall

Dorothea Röschmann with Roger Vignoles

German soprano Dorothea Röschmann

One of today’s most distinctive and celebrated singers, German soprano Dorothea Röschmann will sing Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and Wolf with British pianist Roger Vignoles.

Schubert Mignon Lieder
Schumann Frauenliebe und -leben
Beethoven Songs
Wolf Mignon Lieder

If you cannot make it to Scotland in time, tune in to BBC Radio 3, where this concert will be broadcast live.

21 August 2018 | The Queen’s Hall

Bamberger Symphoniker under Jakub Hrůša play Dvořák’s Requiem

Jakub Hrůša, artistic director of the Bamberger Symphoniker

Emerging young conductor Jakub Hrůša, the Orchestra’s artistic director, is joined by the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus in Dvořák’s Requiem. The four soloists are Eva Hornyaková (Soprano), Václava Krejčí Housková (Mezzo soprano), Pavel Černoch (Tenor) and
Jan Martinik (Bass).

21 August 2018 | Usher Hall

Edinburgh Book Fest

Reinhard Kleist: Comics Portrait of a Serious Artist

German graphic designer Reinhard Kleist

Join German graphic designer and cartoonist Reinhard Kleist for a performance of music, live-drawing and visuals, tracking Nick Cave’s career through expressive comics-style portraits, and visual representations of some of his most famous songs. The musical soundtrack will be provided by Adelaide’s Zephyr Quartet, Ukulele Death Squad and Carla Lippis and the Furies.

12 August 2018, 6.30–8.00 pm | The Spiegeltent

Karen Leeder and Ulrike Almut Sandig: Guerrilla Poetry

Ulrike Almut Sandig, author of “Thick of It”.

Introduced by Helen Mort, German poet Ulrike Almut Sandig meets with her translator Karen Leeder to perform Thick of It, Sandig’s first volume to appear in English.

19 August 2018, 6.30–7.30 pm | Writers’ Retreat

Edinburgh Fringe

The 2018 Fringe programme launch

The 2018 edition of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival features a range of performers from Germany. Whether you’re into comedy, contemporary dance, cabaret or classical music, there is something for everyone in the programme!

3–27 August 2018 | Edinburgh

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