Watch Edinburgh Makar Hannah Lavery perform her poem 'Edinburgh is a Story', commissioned for and first performed at the opening event of the 2022 International Festival.
This is an old place being forever remade. This is a new place forever being born.
Edinburgh is a Story, Hannah Lavery
Taking to Edinburgh’s winding streets and closes, Lavery traverses the City from Old Town's Mylnes Court and Dunbar’s Close Garden to the Shore and the historic Victoria Swing Bridge in Leith, using her poetic meditations to address race, community, history, and a sense of belonging in the festival city we all call home.
Inspired by the way in which Lavery captured the city, we decided to name our digital programme after the poem. We commissioned Glasgow-based production company Forest of Black to produce Edinburgh is a Story, five short films which come together to create a beautiful journey through the city. Each is filmed in an iconic Edinburgh location and creates an intimate portrait of an artist featured in this year’s Festival. This film is the first in the series.
Edinburgh is a Story is part of our At Home series in partnership with abrdn. Find out more about At Home.
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