Spread Around The City
The 2021 August season will see the festivals staging shows and exhibitions in a range of locations outside of the main Old and New Town sites - and here we take a look at 12 of those locations:
- South Queensferry: The Edinburgh International Film Festival staged 'Film Fest on the Forth' at the Marina in South Queensferry on the banks of the Firth of Forth overlooking the three iconic bridges as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21 - with a programme of events and activities centred around eight well-loved feature films with a maritime link, all well suited to family audiences
- Silverknowes Beach: Transgressing borders, ethnicity and culture, MOVE is an epic tale of women across the world and how their stories intertwine - and with views of Cramond Island and Fife, the unique beach setting of the performance adds to the impact of these migration stories
- Edinburgh Academty Junior School: The location of one of the Edinburgh International Festival's outdoor pavilions, the school grounds play host to a range of classical concerts this year including the opening concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the visit of the London Symphony Orchestra.
- Leith Arches: This community hub in Manderston Street in Leith, plays host to critically acclaimed 1902 which takes us on an access-all-areas approach to working-class life in Scotland as we follow four, young, wannabe football hooligans in their quest to see Hibs win the Scottish Cup Final.
- Newhailes House: Just 6 miles from Edinburgh city centre, this beautiful National Trust for Scotland property is the chosen location for multi-award-winning site-specialists Grid Iron's new work Doppler, a funny and subversive fable about existence, consumerism and trying to live life in isolation when people just won't leave you alone.
- The Burns Monument: Emeka’s sound installation, Song of the Union, sited in Edinburgh’s Burns Monument, responds to the ongoing theatre surrounding the UK’s departure from the European Union - featuring the recorded voices of citizens from each nation state of the European Union, singing in their mother tongue, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – a song attributed to the poet Robert Burns and sung in the European Parliament on the UK's final day in the EU.
- Holyrood Park: Directed by Christine Devaney and featuring an ensemble of Edinburgh-based performers, Field is a free durational outdoor dance-happening in Holyrood Park, conceived in a physically distanced world for the Edinburgh International Festival - with two inspiring groups making guest appearances: Dance Base’s PRIME, Scotland's first semi-professional dance company for the over 60s, and Lyra, an Edinburgh-based company making live performances for and with young people.
- Scottish Gallery of Modern Art: The home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary will see the European premiere of Isaac Julien’s multi-screen exhibition, one of the highlights of the Edinburgh Art Festival, focusing on the life of the emancipated slave Frederick Douglass, said to be the most photographed American of the 19th century - who first travelled to Scotland in 1846 as part of his campaign for the abolition of slavery.
- Edinburgh College of Art: In an exciting new chapter for the Book Festival, a wide range of the live-streamed events will have in-person audiences at the new Festival home, the University of Edinburgh's Edinburgh College of Art - which aims to create the 'festival village' atmosphere of their previous much-loved home in Charlotte Square Gardens.
- Tynecastle Stadium: This football stadium, home of Hearts FC, is the setting for Sweet F.A., a play dramatising the little known truth about what happened to the women's game during and after the First World War – with a stage projecting from the main stand on to the edge of the pitch.
- Edinburgh Park: The custom built outdoor venue at Edinburgh Park is the location for this year's contemporary music programme at the Edinburgh International Festival, with the venue accessible by tram and bus, and operating an at-seat bar service- drinks via a QR code on your seat.
- Jupiter Artland: This award-winning, renowned contemporary sculpture garden, located just outside Edinburgh, plays host to Turner-prize winning artist Alberta Whittle as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, - whose solo exhibition RESET skillfully connects emergent fears of contagion, moral panic and xenophobia with a call to action – a demand – to face and heal injustices and cultivate hope in hostile environments.