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Opening Event: Bloom

A platform for the flowering of the human spirit
Friday 4 August 2017
Bloom Arena

Free Opening Event / More information on 26 June

Way back in 1947, Sir John Falconer – Lord Provost of Edinburgh and the International Festival’s first Chair – spoke of his ambition that the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival should ‘provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’.

70 years later, Edinburgh has bloomed magnificently as the world’s Festival City, transformed beyond recognition by the International Festival – and its impact has pollinated cities across the globe, propagating new festivals throughout Europe, America and Asia. It has celebrated our highest artistic achievements, our imagination and creativity, our generosity and diversity.

Bringing together light and sound installations, large-scale illuminations and 3D-mapped projections onto Edinburgh’s iconic buildings, Bloom is an epic, outdoor, public art event that celebrates the joyful transformation of the city over the past 70 years, from the darkness and division of the post-war years to today’s explosions of colour and spectacle.

And to mark the International Festival’s very special anniversary, Bloom transforms not a single building, but instead inhabits an entire precinct of the city. It is an immersive environment of colour, texture, sounds and sensations that you will experience all around you, a magical night garden where images change at the speed of thought, and spread to far-flung places at the speed of light.

Bloom is produced by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, creators of the dazzling and critically acclaimed Harmonium Project in 2015 and The Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time in 2016. It is created in a partnership with The University of Edinburgh.


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70th Anniversary

Celebrating the explosion of colour, vibrancy and optimism that supported the arrival of the International Festival in 1947.

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Supported through the
Scottish Government's
Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

Supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund









In association with

University of Edinburgh

Technology Partner

Blue i

in partnership with

MCL

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Created by 59 Productions

In association with the University of Edinburgh

Technology Partner Blue-i Theatre Technology
in partnership with mclcreate


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All tickets: Free, but required