Today we announce full details for You Are Here, a programme of 14 main-stage performances across theatre, dance and music, featuring artists from around the world; a selection of in-depth professional development and community engagement projects; and unveils The Departure Lounge, a series of readings, discussions, informal performances and dinners.
Edinburgh in August is home to some of the world’s most creative thinkers. You Are Here aims to harness this resource to offer impactful responses to issues from politics and gender to environmentalism and faith. You Are Here is an invitation to break bread, to shout from the rooftops and to encounter our world through the eyes of 265 artists and thinkers from Mali, Greenland, Lebanon, Scotland, the UK and beyond.
Through more than 80 events, You Are Here offers fresh thinking on class, gender, human rights, racism and climate crisis, probing the status quo and offering future paths. Works by spoken word artist Kate Tempest, choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly, author Jackie Kay, and new writing from the Royal Court Theatre light up stages across the city; The Departure Lounge hosts special performances by theatre companies such as Complicite, the Lyceum Theatre and Fuel; leading artists invite you for dinner, including composer Missy Mazzoli, poet and playwright Inua Ellams and performance artist Travis Alabanza; special seminars ask questions about the future of Festivals, the arts and the creative industries; and Edinburghers from 9 to 90 make their own unique creative contributions.
The Departure Lounge at The Lyceum Rehearsal Studio
A new series of informal performances, conversations, readings and fresh thinking, The Departure Lounge is where the public meet with writers, directors, musicians, choreographers and performers, sharing fresh perspectives and diverse insights shaped by who they are and where they’re from.
A bespoke series of professional development programmes supporting emerging arts professionals and creatives from Scotland and around the world, to learn and exchange ways of working together.
A series of artist-led community projects connecting Edinburgh residents of all ages directly with the You Are Here programme, through working together with the extraordinary artists driving the conversation and engaging at a local and personal level with the crucial questions posed at its heart.