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14 March 2018, 19:06
The line-up for the Edinburgh International Festival has been revealed.
Artists performing at the event range from violinist Nicola Bennedetti, American singer-songwriter St. Vincent and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Taking place between Friday August 3 and Monday August 27, it will see 750 artists from 31 nations take to the stage in Scotland's capital city.
Fergus Linehan, festival director, said: "One of the joys of working in the festival is the opportunity to welcome the world to our country and to our city - and then to have a great party.
"In 2018 there is a particular emphasis on working collaboratively both with Scottish based artists and ensembles and with our international partners to make work from all over the world.
"We are celebrating different cultures, showcasing Scottish culture, and telling many stories through many different languages."
The event will begin with a free, outdoor performance celebrating Scotland's Year of Young People and marking the centenary of the First World War ending.
From then on, international performers from nations including Sri Lanka, Rwanda, USA, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Poland and Hungary will take to Edinburgh venues.
For more information visit www.eif.co.uk