The Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time

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Be transfixed in awe and wonder — by mesmerising digital animation and the deep emotional impact of music by Mogwai. Watch the full length video below. 

The Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time took place on Sunday 7 August 2016 and transported audiences through 350 million years of Edinburgh’s history - displaying Edinburgh’s iconic Castle as it's never been seen before.

This epic, outdoor, public artwork event formed the dazzling opening to 2016’s festival season, created by Tony award-winning 59 Productions, creators of the acclaimed The Harmonium Project that launched the International Festival 2015.

Blending trailblazing technology, narrative drama and emotional storytelling, the Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time celebrated the wonder and beauty of the natural, the geological and the man-made, exploring the very foundations of Edinburgh itself.

Created by 59 Productions. Music by Mogwai.

Commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival.

Presented by Edinburgh International Festival and 59 Productions.

In association with the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle.

Projectors and Media Servers supplied by Blue-i Theatre Technology Ltd in partnership with mclcreate.

Supported by Event Scotland.

Sponsored by

Watch the full length film of the Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time here 


Past event
Sunday 7 August 2016, 10.30pm



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