Spectacular opening event for International Festival

A visualisation of how Deep Time might look. The image shows Edinburgh Castle and Castle Rock with a volcano and lava projected onto them

Update 7/8/16: All tickets for Deep Time have now gone - but if you weren't lucky enough to get some you can still witness this incredible event live on the Edinburgh International Festival's Periscope (via Twitter) and Facebook Live channels. Plus look out for a high resolution upload of the event to their YouTube channel on Monday 8 August. 

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Almost all of Edinburgh International Festival's fantastic programme for August 2016 went on sale in May - however there was still one spectacular event which was not yet available. Until now that is.

The Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time (10.30pm, 7 August 2016) is the follow up to last year's spectacular Harmonium Project which attracted massive crowds to witness an amazing performance of light and sound.

This year, the canvas for the Festival's opening event will be the walls of Edinburgh Castle, and the rugged rock beneath, as a digitally animated artwork displays projections and illuminations inspired by the city’s past.

Set to the music of Scottish rock band Mogwai, and produced by Tony-award winning 59 Productions (creators of Harmonium), the Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time explores 350 million years of local history, from volcanic landscape to seat of learning and science.

The area's unique geology was the subject of 'father of modern geology' James Hutton's work, contributing greatly to the Scottish Enlightenment and revolutionising thinking about how the Earth formed.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh's Festivals and Events Champion, said:

Following last year's beautiful Harmonium Project at the Usher Hall, this year's opening event will yet again wow audiences. Celebrating 350 million years of Edinburgh's history and set to a soundtrack by Scotland’s own Mogwai, Deep Time at Edinburgh Castle will be a phenomenal, free experience to be enjoyed by all.

To tell the tale, cutting-edge 3D animation and projection techniques will be used by 59 Productions, who have also been named Associate Artists for the Festival for the next three years. 

Edinburgh International Festival Artistic Director, Fergus Linehan, said:

59 Productions have, time and again, created innovative and compelling work in the fields of music, theatre, opera, film and visual arts while pioneering the use of new technologies. We are delighted to be working with such a remarkable group of artists over the next three years.

The Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time is a free, but ticketed, public event which takes place at 10.30pm on Sunday 7 August. Tickets are being made available in three batches, as follows:

Update 7/8/16: All tickets for Deep Time have now gone - but if you weren't lucky enough to get some you can still witness this incredible event live on the Edinburgh International Festival's Periscope (via Twitter) and Facebook Live channels. Plus look out for a high resolution upload of the event to their YouTube channel on Monday 8 August. 

  • Monday 11 July from 10am online - main ticket release

  • Monday 1 August from 10am online - second ticket release

  • Saturday 6 August from 10am in person - final ticket release

Edinburgh International Festival takes place from Friday 5 to Monday 29 August. Find out more about the Festival, including programme and ticket booking details.

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