7 Amazing Festival City events we’re still talking about
1. The first performances of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag in 2013
Written and performed by Waller-Bridge, and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is an account of “some sort of woman living her sort of life”. Waller-Bridge received a Fringe First award in Edinburgh for the play, whose scenarios and characters formed the basis for its first series on TV. The TV version made Waller-Bridge a household name, while she also took the stage play to New York, and was soon followed by further success as a writer with her series Killing Eve.
2. When EIF presented Gurrelieder in 2016
Schoenberg’s epic cantata ‘Gurrelieder’ closed the 2016 Usher Hall concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival. One of the grandest, most opulent musical statements ever made, the piece is rarely performed and is scored for an exceptionally large ensemble approximately 150 instrumentalists and 200 singers!
3. Iran vs Israel in 2015
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival looks to bring performers and storytellers from around the world to Edinburgh - and their 2015 theme 'Stories without Borders' saw the remarkable show 'Iran vs Israel' take audiences by storm.
4. When Professor Peter Higgs visited Edinburgh
In March 2013, Professor Peter Higgs and CERN were awarded the prestigious Edinburgh Medal at the Edinburgh Science Festival, a few months before Professor Higgs was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. For the first time in its 25 year history, the prestigious Edinburgh Medal was awarded, at a ceremony in Edinburgh’s Signet Library.
5. The day the lone piper changed
Breaking new ground during the 2016 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo was 21-year-old Lance Bombardier, Megan Beveridge. The youngest British Army soldier to qualify as Pipe Major, and the first woman ever to do so, Megan became the first serving female soldier to take the Lone Piper role on the Edinburgh Castle ramparts on Saturday 13 August.
6. The World Premiere of Amy
During 2015, the Edinburgh International Film Festival hosted the UK premier of Amy - the documentary on the life of troubled singer Amy Winehouse. Directed by Asif Kapadia - the man behind the earlier documentary Senna which quickly became the highest grossing UK documentary of all time, scooping BAFTAs for best documentary and best editing in 2012 - Amy is an unflinching and engrossing journey, delicately assembled and teeming with never-before-seen archive footage.
7. A Dazzling Commission
As part of its aim to commission new artworks that respond to public and historic sites in the city, the Edinburgh Art Festival literally ‘launched’ its biggest work in 2016 when Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips’ created a Dazzle Ship called Every Woman as part of the World War One centenary commemorations.
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