Details on the 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event that will launch Edinburgh’s Festival season in spectacular style will be announced soon.
Looking back on previous Opening Events
2018 saw Edinburgh burst into life with the opening event, Five Telegrams, 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 feature work from Scottish composer Anna Meredith and explored themes of communication, censorship, propaganda and reconciliation.
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.