The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams will see the city burst into life on Friday 3 August with a spectacular free outdoor performance celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People and reflecting the centenary of the end of the Great War. Inspired by telegrams sent by young soldiers in 1918, the event will explore themes of communication, censorship, propaganda and reconciliation, and is part of the 14-18 NOW arts programme for the First World War.
It will feature new work from Scottish composer Anna Meredith and will mark an historic partnership between the International Festival and the BBC Proms. Young people from Edinburgh will also be working in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art to contribute to this truly collaborative and world class event.
Looking back on previous Opening Events
In 2017, the opening event, Bloom, marked the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival. It celebrated how the Festival has transformed the city over the years by immersing the facades around St Andrew Square in colour, texture, sounds and sensations, with the audience right at the centre of the digital installation.
In 2016, the opening event Deep Time saw the western façade of Edinburgh Castle and Castle Rock used as the canvas for digitally animated projections inspired by the city’s past, set to a specially commissioned soundtrack by Scottish rock band Mogwai.
With a mutual commitment to excellence, ambition, creativity and innovation, our partnership allows both organisations to celebrate our shared home of Edinburgh on an international stage.