Friday 1 July 2022

Edinburgh International Festival celebrates its 75th anniversary with 35,000 free tickets

Ukraine Freedom Orchestra © 2022
Ukraine Freedom Orchestra © 2022 

Edinburgh International Festival is 75 and to celebrate it is giving out 35,0000 free tickets to four large-scale events, including circus and physical theatre, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Ukraine Freedom Orchestra and an immersive light and sound experience.

The festival opens with Macro at BT Murrayfield, presented as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22, Macro features circus and physical theatre company Gravity & Other Myths, First Nations dance company Djuki Mala, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and Scottish musicians including Aidan O’Rourke, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Lauren MacColl and Kathleen MacInnes.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, (in residence at the festival) present Thank You, Edinburgh – a free concert given as a big thank you to the city and residents of Edinburgh at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Saturday 27 August at 3pm and it will also be relayed live to the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens. 

Dreamachine, part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, is a free immersive experience at Murrayfield Ice Rink using light and sound to explore the potential of the human mind. Created by Collective Act, presented by Edinburgh Science, and bringing together Turner Prize-winning artists Assemble, Grammy and Mercury nominated musician and composer Jon Hopkins, and a team of leading technologists, scientists and philosophers. 

The festival and the Scottish Government are partnering to welcome the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra for a free concert at the Usher Hall on Saturday 6 August 2pm. The orchestra includes recent refugees, Ukrainian members of European orchestras and leading Ukrainian musicians and performers including soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska and pianist Anna Fedorova. Led by Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, the special concert sees invitations extended to the Ukrainian community in Scotland and organisations leading efforts in the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees.

Full details from the festival website.

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