Our 75th Festival opens with a joyful celebration of Australian and Scottish culture in this fusion of circus, dance and music.
When was the last time you felt the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? When did you last hear that collective intake of breath from a crowd? Or feel that electric moment of silence before the applause begins? When did you last see something truly awe-inspiring?
Hailing from Adelaide, Australia, award-winning contemporary circus powerhouse Gravity & Other Myths and critically acclaimed Australian First Nations dance-theatre sensations, Djuki Mala will open the 2022 International Festival with this glorious free opening night event.
In MACRO, a 30-strong troupe team up with the NYCOS choir for a stunning performance. There will be music, projections, drums and a spectacular light display. Expect a heart-in-mouth display of skill, daring and superhuman coordination.
A co-production with Adelaide Festival, the show features a cross-cultural musical collaboration between Djuki Mala, with their unique fusion of traditional dance, pop culture and storytelling, and five revered Celtic musicians including Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle), Kathleen MacInnes (vocals) and Brìghde Chaimbeul (pipes).
Join this inspirational community of performers in a celebration like no other as we kick off our 75th anniversary year in spectacular style. You won’t believe your eyes.
Part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22, a joint initiative of the British Council and Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, supported by the Australian Government through the International Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund, the British Council and the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia
In collaboration with Scottish Rugby
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Gravity & Other Myths
Darcy Grant Director
Josh Bond Associate Director
Geoff Cobham Designer
Matthew Adey Designer/Production Manager
Ekrem Phoenix Co-Composer & Musical Director
Aidan O’Rourke Co-composer
Christie Anderson Conductor
National Youth Choir of Scotland
Aidan O’Rourke Fiddle
Kathleen MacInnes, Ekrem Eli Phoenix Vocals
Brighde Chaimbeul Pipes
MACRO was supported by Arts South Australia, the Office for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Free, tickets required. More details will be announced on 27 June 2022.
The Festival will follow Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council health and safety recommendations at all times to ensure the safety of our audiences, artists and team.
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