International Festival finds Light on the Shore

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The newly reopened Leith Theatre will be the setting for a unique programme of concerts presented by the Edinburgh International Festival this August.

Light on the Shore will see 16 events take place from 9-25 August 2018 (no events on 15, 19, 20 August) in a vibrant and diverse celebration of Scottish music and artists, sponsored by Edinburgh Gin.

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For the first time in 30 years, Leith Theatre (above) will welcome Festival crowds following the hard work of local organisations Leith Theatre Trust and Hidden Door. Now re-establishing itself as an essential arts venue for the city, the iconic theatre is the perfect setting for a season defined by innovation and collaboration.

Launching the programme, Edinburgh International Festival Director Fergus Linehan said:

Light on the Shore has been a wide-ranging collaborative effort. The support of the Expo Fund through the Scottish Government and our sponsors Edinburgh Gin have allowed us to present a hugely diverse and far reaching programme; the work of the Leith Theatre Trust and festivals such as Hidden Door have brought this magnificent venue back to life; and the curatorial talents of many of Scotland's greatest artists and promoters have delivered a truly unique snapshot of Scottish music and its wide-ranging interconnectivity.

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The programme showcases an eclectic range of Scottish music from a variety of backgrounds, genres and decades. Amongst those taking part are contemporary favourites Mogwai (above left), King Creosote (above left-centre) and Django Django (above right-centre) as well as indie legends The Jesus and Mary Chain (above right).

Closing the season will be Scottish icon Alan Cumming, who returns with his Club Cumming variety show which enjoyed a sell-out run at 2016’s International Festival.

Elsewhere, innovative programming sees classic Scottish works reimagined in orchestral concerts, a range of bespoke events curated by guests from Scottish festivals and collectives, and the takeover of various spaces within the theatre by electronic-folk trio Lau.

The diverse season is intended to appeal to a wide range of audiences, and Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said:

The 2018 Edinburgh International Festival Light on the Shore programme pushes the boundaries by venturing into new and diverse partnerships, taking the festival to a different location in Leith Theatre and developing unique new collaborations.
I am pleased that Scottish Government Expo funding of £190,000 has supported this exciting new strand of work to profile Scottish artists to local and international audiences.

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Amongst those also appearing across the season are Honeyblood, The Vaselines (above right-centre), Anna Meredith and the Southbank Symphonia (above left), Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis (above left-centre), and spoken word artist Linton Kwesi Johnson (above right).

Bringing together this much-loved venue with a unique line-up of Scottish talent, Light on the Shore promises to be a fitting celebration of the eclectic and original spirit of Scottish music.

Edinburgh International Festival takes place from 3-27 August 2018, with Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside happening between 9-25 August 2018. Find out more and book tickets at

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