Summerhall is a space for everyone. Whether you’re engaging with our performance programme, partying at one of our club nights, grabbing a drink in the pub, or simply soaking up the atmosphere in our hidden courtyard, there is something at Summerhall for you to explore, discover and enjoy this August.

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Alongside our Festival Programme, Summerhall is also a unique cultural village, dedicated to creativity and exploration. Come and discover our secret pub, The Royal Dick, tucked away in the courtyard, serving food and drink around the clock until the early hours throughout the festival.

The Gallery Bar is our bright, family- friendly café-bar, open every day for coffee, cakes, or to grab a quick lunch between shows.

Whatever your reason for heading to Summerhall this August, we are looking forward to welcoming you into our creative village.

Note: The brochure is a 10Mb PDF


“The ethos of Summerhall is to keep faith with the founding principle of the Edinburgh International Festival, to ‘heal wounds of war through the language of the arts’, artists, scientists & others linked by shared genius to bridge over every major social divide with new & old voices of insight & protest, love & care for all of the planet & for Europe in the world, multilingual, multicultural, multi-national; the human spirit operating in crises, playful, profound, political too but never propaganda.

The purposes of the arts are to encourage all to look, listen, think & act harder, to see value in what otherwise is foolishly ignored, discarded or wasted.

Summerhall is a uniquely flexible multi-arts multidisciplinary set of exhibition and performance spaces to accommodate all creativity & cross-currents in our sciences & arts. If we are nationalist it is for all countries & people everywhere or nowhere!

Robert McDowell, Director