Get Ready for our 75th Anniversary

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2022 is the 75th anniversary of Edinburgh's birth as a world leading festival city. Formed in the shadow of a worldwide cataclysm, our first festivals sought to use culture as a healing balm to bring peoples and nations together in celebration of our common humanity and help ‘the flowering of the human spirit’.

Over the years that spirit has been sustained, making Edinburgh and our festivals a unique hub of cultural excellence, international exchange, inspirational experience and inclusive programming. Now, following the worldwide pandemic and in the face of numerous global issues, the festivals' founding spirit is as relevant as ever - and so in 2022 we will reflect on our past and reimagine our common future. 

Our Festivals have played host to creatives from every continent and premiered work that has travelled the globe, shaping the cultural world in which we now live and becoming an indispensable part of Edinburgh’s intangible cultural heritage. That journey will help shape our 2022 programmes – during Scotland’s Year of Stories - allowing us to tell our unique stories in new and interesting ways.  

Our programmes will be open and innovative, mindful of the past and protective for the future.

  • We will celebrate the element of risk and the joy of discovery that festivals bring
  • We will shed fresh light on the key issues shaping that future, whether human rights or the climate emergency
  • We will inspire our home communities with creative encounters on their doorsteps
  • We will bring the local and the international together, in acts of global solidarity that echo our founding spirit
  • We will cultivate cultural talent, and bring Scotland to the world and the world to Scotland, on live and digital platforms
  • We will dream, reflect, invent and imagine the world we all want to live in - putting artists, thinkers and audiences centre stage in creating our shared human futures
  • We will be distinctively Scottish and fiercely international

Full details of festival programmes will be released throughout the year, but amongst the early highlights announced are:

  • Edinburgh Science Festival will return with the theme of Revolutions, focusing on the power of circles and revolutionary approaches to everything from personal to planetary health – and with an unashamed emphasis on the urgency of tackling the climate crisis
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival will bring Scotland’s Stories On Screen to iconic and exciting places and spaces, as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival will present Scotland’s Stories Now, proving everyone has a story to tell with tales gathered from across the country and then shared at the flagship event
  • Scottish International Storytelling Festival will work with Transgressive North to bring us Map of Stories, ‘film ceilidh’ events celebrating the most iconic voices from Scotland’s oral storytelling traditions and invoking the places and landscapes from which they emerge
  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will return with the show theme ‘Voices’ a celebration of the connections, cultures and languages that bring us together at the unique setting of Edinburgh Castle where audiences will enjoy the legendary sound of the Massed Pipes and Drums alongside a host of international acts
  • Edinburgh International Festival, in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland, will present Alan Cumming in Burn, a new piece of dance theatre challenging the traditional ‘biscuit tin’ image of Scotland’s national bard, and a brand-new staging of Liz Lochhead’s powerful adaptation of Euripides’ Medea 
  • Edinburgh International Children’s Festival has commissioned two new theatre shows for this year’s festival - Oliver Emanuel’s I am Tiger and groupwork’s The Hope River Girls – with both productions exploring the theme of mental health and how to make sense of a confusing world

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