Edinburgh International Festival

The previews and warm-up shows are over and artists and audience alike migrate north, together with the critics and producers.

2,750 artists from 31 nations come together for The Edinburgh International Festival.

The theatre programme sees Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord from Paris present The Prisoner, which asks profound questions about justice, guilt and retribution, and Katie Mitchell making her EIF debut with her adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s 1982 novella La Maladie De La Mort.

The National Theatre of Scotland presents David Greig and Gordon Macintyre’s chamber musical rom-com Midsummer directed by Birmingham Rep’s Roxana Silbert, and American actor and illusionist Geoff Sobelle offers his co-commissioned HOME, where illusion, choreography and live documentary blend to create a house.

Tony Award-winning Garry Hynes directs Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot for Galway-based Druid Theatre and Anna Deavere Smith’s solo show Notes from the Field looks America's ‘school-to-prison pipeline’, predominantly affecting young African-Americans.

For younger audiences, there is The End of Eddy, adapted from the novel by French writer Édouard Louis, and dance theatre piece Hocus Pocus set to Greig’s Peer Gynt suite from Lausanne-based choreographer Philippe Saire.

The Opening Event: Five Telegrams is a unique collaboration between Scottish composer Anna Meredith and digital artists 59 Productions, celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People and marking the end of the Great War.

The Edinburgh International Festival programme includes contemporary and classical music, opera and dance.

The 4th biennial Edinburgh International Culture Summit takes place at the Scottish Parliament.

This year sees Theatreworks Singapore artistic director Ong Keng Sen, Richard Sennett and Assal Habibi, speak on Culture in a Networked World, Culture and Investment and Culture and Wellbeing respectively under the overarching theme of Culture: Connecting Peoples and Places.

Amongst the other speakers are choreographer Akram Khan, Sydney Festival director Wesley Enoch and Fairouz Nishanova, director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative and marking the Year of Young People in Scotland Faith Liddell, a visiting professor at the Institute for International Cultural Relations, will lead a workshop on global youth engagement.