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International Festival Portraits | Martin Creed

I find it really difficult to use the word art, because I don’t really know what it is

- Martin Creed

Artists from the heart of the International Festival.

Artist, musician and Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed reflects on his job as an artist, trying to be true and making other people’s lives better.

Martin Creed performs Words and Music 4-27 August as part of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival. Book your tickets now.

Watch him talk about the performance on our blog.


The International Festival Portraits are a series of interviews with actors, choreographers, musicians, conductors, writers and directors talking about the art that they love.

The 2017 International Festival Portraits feature Alan AyckbournAnoushka ShankarJoshua BellMartin CreedMitsuko Uchida and Zinnie Harris in a series of personal reflections on their art-form, the nature of live performance, and the unique connection they experience with an audience every time they take to the stage.

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