The 2018 Edinburgh International Festival was launched at the McEwan Hall this evening by Festival Director Fergus Linehan in tandem with Managing Director Joanna Baker. The beautifully refurbished building is a fabulous venue for such an event with its entertaining space below.
To a packed audience of invited guests and media the full programme of the 2018 festival was unveiled.
And yes there is everything from theatre to opera, from popular music at the new venue of Leith Theatre to full scale orchestral works. All of this will be bookended by an opening night at The Usher Hall and a closing finale with the fireworks and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
August will not be a quiet month in the city, and the programme was received by an expectant hushed audience who then enjoyed the mix of speeches and interviews on video. See the trailer below.
Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay’s words have some prominence at the beginning and end of the programme.
She wrote in Threshold : “It takes more than one language….. to tell a story.”
And yes once more at the Edinburgh INTERNATIONAL Festival there will be artists from all over the world speaking a wide variety of languages and all telling a story.
Here is the full programme :