The Edinburgh International Festival is an annual festival of performing arts held in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is one of the world’s leading arts festivals and takes place in August and September each year. The festival was founded in 1947 and is focused on classical music, opera, theater, and dance. It features a wide range of performances by both international and local artists, and is known for its high-quality programming and prestigious reputation. The Edinburgh International Festival is organized by the Edinburgh Festival Society, a charitable organization that promotes the arts in Scotland. In addition to the main program, the festival also includes a number of special events and initiatives, such as the Edinburgh International Festival Debate, which brings together leading figures from the arts and politics to discuss pressing cultural and social issues.