An international lineup at Edinburgh's Festivals

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In August, it can sometimes seem like all the world has come to Edinburgh for our festivals - which is exactly how we like it! With the 2017 festivals in full swing, we're taking a look at just some of the great work on offer from across the globe here in the #FestivalCity

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New Zealand

2017 has seen a major season of work from New Zealand taking place in Edinburgh, with a wide range of artists and productions taking part. 

At Edinburgh Art Festival, Shannon Te Ao's With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods (above) is one of the Festival's key commissions, using video footage to examine the human condition. 

Edinburgh International Book Festival features four New Zealand authors Hera Lindsay Bird, Courtney Sina Meredith, Sarah Laing and Rachel King. 

And at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, there's a huge range of work from New Zealand, ranging from the smooth music of the Modern Maori Quartet to the family theatre of The Road That Wasn't There, with lots of comedy, adult theatre and cabaret in between. 

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A season of work from the small island nation features at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, including theatre with Ever Never, dance with 038 (above) and Together Alone, and children's entertainment in The Backyard Story. 

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Celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary, there are a number of Canadian artists in Edinburgh this summer, including Chilly Gonzales (above), performing with the UK's Jarvis Cocker in Room 29 at the Edinburgh International Festival, over 50 different productions of all sorts at the Fringe, and writers including Heather O'Neill, Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, and Nalo Hopkinson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. 

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Made in Adelaide

Ten different festivals from Adelaide are represented in Edinburgh this year, as part of the Made in Adelaide programme which piloted in 2016. Following a similar template to Edinburgh's long established multi-festival template, Adelaide's ten festivals are: 

  • Adelaide Fringe
  • Adelaide Festival
  • WOMADelaide
  • Dreambug Children's Festival
  • Adelaide Cabaret Festival
  • Umbrella: Winter City Sounds
  • South Australian Living Artists Festival
  • Adelaide Guitar Festival
  • Ozasia Festival
  • Adelaide Film Festival
  • Feast Festival 

Work appearing in Edinburgh this year include multi-award winning cabaret femme fatale, Anya Anastasia (above), theatre show The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign and music from Ukulele Death Squad, all as part of the Fringe, and author and playwright Jared Thomas at the Book Festival.  

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South Korea

A season of Korean culture at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer includes Snap, Death City, Behind the Mirror, and Black and White Tea Room, among a range of Korean shows. 

Meanwhile, at Edinburgh International Festival, young South Korean piano great, Seong-Jin Cho (above) performs pieces by Beethoven and Chopin, while Hwang Sok-yong appears with Ever Dundas at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. 

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The Book Festival also offers a selection of writers from China, including Liu Zhenyun, Xiaolu Guo and Yiyun Li (above), while at the Edinburgh International Festival You Never Touched the Dirt by Zhu Yi and Sam Pritchard looks at China's amazing economic transformation. 

At the Fringe, there's also a wide range of productions from China, including acrobatic dance in The Art of Grace, exhibition and fashion show From Shanghai with Love, and puppetry show Treasure Trove of Shadows. 

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The Rest of the World

Edinburgh's five August festivals include work from Japan (including the country's first representation at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo) and India (above) as part of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the country's independence.

Other countries represented this summer include Hungary, Turkey, Norway, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Germany, Israel, Poland, France, Egypt, Switzerland, Sweden, India, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Italy, Syria, Ghana, Cyprus, Argentina, Barbados and many more. 

It's a truly international lineup, as always from the world's leading festival city.

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