VIDEO - International Festival's Opening Event, Bloom

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The 70th anniversary edition of the Edinburgh International Festival got underway on Friday and Saturday 4 and 5 August, with the truly breathtaking Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom.

Thousands thronged to the city's St Andrew Square to experience the remarkable light and music production - and for those who missed it, the official video of the event has now been released:

As Bloom unfolded with a specially created score and the incredible animated spectacle projected onto the square's buildings, the huge audiences present each night were treated to an inspiring summing up of the Festival's history and its enduring legacy.

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Emerging from the chaos and horror of post-war Europe, the Edinburgh International Festival began in 1947 as an attempt to re-establish the vital importance of culture, art and creativity after so much destruction - "a platform for the flowering of the human spirit," as the Festival described its vision. 

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The International Festival's immediate success laid the groundwork for more and more festivals and cultural movements to develop, both in Edinburgh itself and across the world.

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In Bloom, the Edinburgh International Festival celebrated both its own anniversary and Edinburgh's 70 years of festival tradition, which have firmly established the Scottish capital as the world's leading festival city.

Edinburgh International Festival runs until 28 August 2017, and the full programme is available now. More information about the Festival

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