France at the Edinburgh Festivals

France at the Edinburgh Festivals

Hosting a great range of festivals, every summer the Scottish capital becomes an unparalleled celebration of the arts. Whether at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival or at the Institut français d’Ecosse. We are particularly excited about the opening of FranceDance UK, our festival of contemporary dance, with Serge Aimé Coulibaly's Kalakuta Republik on 8 Aug (see below).

Find out more about French plays, concerts and events with our selection below.

Kalakuta Republik – Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Edinburgh International Festival

Kalakuta Republik / Serge Aimé Coulibaly

8 - 11 Aug

as part of FranceDance UK

Kalakuta Republik is a dizzying fusion of dance, music and African revolution, inspired by the supercharged music and scandalous life of Fela Kuti. Serge Aimé Coulibaly takes Kuti’s life and beliefs as inspiration for this visually stunning, hypnotic dance work for seven performers that draws lines from African revolution in the 1970s to today’s political resistance.

National Youth Orchestra of the USA

9 Aug

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato joins the Carnegie Hall-based NYO USA for the sultry opulence of Berlioz’s six ravishing love songs, Prokofiev's brilliantly joyous Symphony No 5 and Davis' Delicate Tension. Sir Antonio Pappano will conduct this dramatic programme.

Orchestre de Paris 1 & 2

23 - 24 Aug

British conductor Daniel Harding concludes his Orchestre de Paris residency with two inspirational concerts, featuring pieces by Berlioz and Britten’s soul-searching pacifist masterpiece, War Requiem.

What’s On at the Institut français d'Ecosse

Right in the Eye – Live Movie-Concert of Georges Méliès' Films

2 - 25 Aug

Vive le Fringe !

A live trio of French musicians along with French composer Jean-François Alcoléa intertwine playful modern compositions and the fantasy of the legendary filmmaker Georges Méliès, father of cinema and the inventor of special effects.


12 - 25 Aug

Vive le Fringe !

Fascinated by cowboys' squinty-eyed looks, and armed only with the savoir-faire of a modern geek, Raphael Gouisset stars in this digital western showing that 'theatre and digital technologies can join forces for the best of live performance'.

Rencontre littéraire : Mireille Gansel

14 Aug

Institut français d'Ecosse

Beyond the Edinburgh International Book Festival, meet Mireille Gansel, a French scholar and poetry translator, mostly working with German and Vietnamese texts.

Quatuor Mona - Chamber Music Concert

18 Aug

Vive le Fringe !

This young string quartet is born out of the friendship of four former students at the Conservatoire de Musique in Paris. In addition to their participation to the Edinburgh International Festival, they will offer a rendition of the Debussy Quartet and of the Beethoven op. 59 no. 2.

Rencontre littéraire : Annie Ernaux

22 Aug

Institut français d'Ecosse

Annie Ernaux's 2008 historical memoir Les Années (The Years) is considered by many to be her magnum opus. It is the poignant social history of a woman and of the evolving society she lived in.

Rencontre littéraire : Adélaïde Bon

26 Aug

Institut français d'Ecosse

Meet actor and writer Adélaïde Bon, whose first book, La petite fille sur la banquise (The Little Girl on the Ice Floe) confronts her dreadful journey through sexual abuse in a distant, mature and discerning fashion.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Marcus Malte & Karen Campbell: Twists of History

13 Aug

French author Marcus Malte (The Boy) and Scottish writer Karen Campbell (The Sound of the Hours) discuss their two emotional tales of family, passion and war.

Translation Duel: Marcus Malte, Vineet Lal & Ros Schwartz

13 Aug

Acclaimed French translators, Vineet Lal and Ros Schwartz, present their own interpretations of the same text: The Boy by French novelist Marcus Malte, who joins the event. Together the three writers prove that each translation is a creative work in itself.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series: Jérôme Tubiana

13 Aug

Join authors Jérôme Tubiana and Samanta Schweblin for readings celebrating the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Jérôme Tubiana: Mistaken Identity

13 Aug

French journalist Jérôme Tubiana tells the heart-wrenching true story of one of Guantánamo’s youngest detainees, Mohammed El-Gharani.

Annie Ernaux: Remembrance of Things Past

21 Aug

One of the greatest living francophone authors, Annie Ernaux presents her novel The Years, a Proustian rush of memories drawn from a French society increasingly addicted to the cult of consumerism, shortlisted this year for the Man Booker International Prize.

Mathias Énard and Ece Temelkuran: East of Where?

24 Aug

Mathias Énard, who came to worldwide attention when his masterpiece Compass was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, discusses his sumptuous meditation on the West’s idea of the East with journalist Ece Temelkuran.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series: Adélaïde Bon

24 Aug

Hear powerful testimonies from women who recognise that by sharing their stories they are not only standing up for their own rights, but empowering others to claim their right to be heard. Authors reading include Adélaïde Bon, Elle Nash and Ece Temelkuran.

Adélaïde Bon & Rhik Samadder: Testimonies of Survival

25 Aug

Two authors come together to share their tales of survival. French writer and actress Adélaïde Bon's The Little Girl on the Ice Floe is a courageous account of childhood rape, and a vital addition to the #MeToo movement.

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