A Toast to the People


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But I don’t want comfort. I want poetry. I want danger. I want freedom. I want goodness. I want sin.

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World


The Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival partner to present a celebration of emergence, of the kind of world that we might find, and of a new world order that we might imagine and make possible.

Over five nights, inspirational spoken word artists present their ideas of what this might be. Celebratory or speculative, personal or political, comfortable or dangerous, these commissions will be performed live and created into a series of short films to be released online after the event.   

Each night includes the premiere of a newly commissioned piece, inspired by the phrase ‘A Toast to the People’ (Gil Scott-Heron), a set of their own choosing and a hosted informal conversation with the artists.

Made possible through the PLACE programme