The 2010s - Iconic Festivals Moments: Part Five

In the countdown to 2020 we’re remembering the most iconic moments from the Edinburgh Festivals during the last decade:

Science moon

Science Festival celebrated the Moon Landings
In 2019 the Edinburgh Science Festival celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings with an array of exciting moon themed activities. Events included ‘Emergency on the ISS’ in which Radio 4’s Helen Keen and space medicine expert Dr Christina Mackaill looked at problem-solving on the International Space Station.

Tea with a trio if wolves
The Edinburgh International Children's Festival is a wonderful  two weeks in which young minds are thrilled, inspired and challenged by truly world class theatre and dance. One of the many festival highlights includes ‘Little Red’ in 2017 from Barrowlands Ballet.

The Festival Carnival returned 
In 2012 a major parade was held along Princes Street to herald the start of Edinburgh’s festivals summer season for the first time in four years. The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival masterminded the event which is now an annual fixture in the festival’s calendar. 

Carnival 2
Art inspired by the one o'clock gun
Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz was commissioned to create a work inspired by the one o'clock gun as part of the 2012 Edinburgh Art Festival. Philipsz, who is Scots-born, specialises in making work from sounds. Her installation, called Timeline, featured short bursts of sound across the city.

Hollywood came to Edinburgh

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic performed at the Edinburgh International Festival opening concert in 2019, with an open-air performance at Tynecastle Stadium. The orchestra performed music from Harry Potter, Star Wars and Vertigo to an audience of 15,000.

LA Phil Tynecastle
First festival to be given a postmark
In 2015, the Edinburgh Fringe became the first festival ever to be given its own special postmark in the Royal Mail's 500-year history. UK mail stamped between 7 and 31 August 2015 featured the mark, in celebration of the scale and diversity of the festival.

Top Secret Drum Corps
In 2012 Top Secret Drum Corps wowed audiences at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with a demanding routine of precision drumming. Their exciting performances are well known for their precision, humour and thrilling tempo. With twenty-plus years of passion, imagination and dedication, these top Basel drummers have proven themselves to be a sustainable world-class act.

Nicola Sturgeon interviewed Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Dividing her time between Nigeria and the USA, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has become one of the world’s most internationally-respected authors. Adichie appeared as a guest speaker at the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival, interviewed by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon about her work and ideas.

First Minister
200th anniversary year of Brothers Grimm
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival marked the 200th anniversary year of Brothers Grimm in 2012 with a range of storytelling events. The festival looked at folk tales old and new and there were readings of fairy tales for every generation.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay concludes the decade
And the end of the decade finishes in spectacular style with Grammy and Oscar Award winner Mark Ronson, Rudimental DJ and Mungo's Hi Fi performing at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Hogmanay

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