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2011 Edinburgh International Festival

This year the Edinburgh International Festival brings you the very best artists from around the world to present epic operas, new takes on classic plays, stunning dance and much more – many inspired by the vibrant and exotic cultures of the Far East.

Their goal is to make the Festival accessible to as many people as possible. You can find British Sign Language interpreted performances of Rossini’s intense and passionate opera Semiramide and the World Premiere of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a truly imaginative theatrical production based on the award-winning novel by Haruki Murakami.

Audio description can help you capture the mesmerising movement of Shen Wei Dance Arts, and you can join in with the Continental Shifts series of talks and debates, many of which will be accompanied by Speech-to-Text reporting. Touch Tours and talking programmes can help you discover dramatic re-imaginings of The Tempest, transported to 5th century Korea, and King Lear, in which one man single-handedly depicts the play’s multiple characters through the extraordinary stagecraft of traditional Chinese Peking Opera.

Wheelchair users, people with severe mobility difficulties or with visual or hearing impairment can buy seats or spaces in the area of the venue most appropriate to their needs for the lowest (unrestricted view) ticket price for that performance. Your companion’s ticket will be free. Contact 0131 473 2089 or email to discuss your access needs.

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