One of the world’s most iconic arts festival, The Edinburgh Internation Festival, turns 70 this year. John Kennedy reports from Edinburgh on the launch of the anniversary edition programme.
The panoramic scene-stealing Church of Scotland Assembly Hall on The Mound was an appropriate venue for the 70th-anniversary launch of Edinburgh’s International Festival Programme. The corporate design branding following again the established format of black informal hand-script on matt canary-yellow background. Given the location was the initial home of the first Scottish Parliament since the Union and, with much ado about plenty being debated but a Royal Mile away down at Holyrood, it seemed provocatively apposite.
Announcing a diverse and eclectic programme covering Opera, Classical Music, Dance, Theatre, Contemporary Music and much more, Festival Director Fergus Linehan, emphasised the legacy and precedents set over the past seventy years. That legacy defined as, ‘Creating something of international significance that refreshes souls and is fundamentally humane – tightening the ties that bind us.’
The 2016 opening event saw the Castle Rock ramparts transformed into a 3D laser Deep Timetableau set to a commissioned sound montage from Mogwai. This year’s opening event (and they are being decidedly coy so far) is entitled ‘BLOOM – A platform for the flowering of the human spirit.’ Suffice to assume it will be another light and space expositional extravaganza from the same team who created Deep Time.
Welcoming over 2,020 artists from 40 nations the festival will run 4 – 28 August 2017.
For more information visit www.eif.co.uk