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A Fanfare for the Festival city

Today we launched Fanfare, a free community event that will tap into one of the most enduring symbols of Scotland – the beloved brass band. The Festival has called on the Scottish Brass Band Association to harness the enormous forces of Scotland’s brass bands by presenting a day of free outdoor performances along the city’s idyllic Water of Leith Walkway on Sunday 23 August.

Bringing the fanfare of Edinburgh International Festival out to the people of the city, this is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy brass bands at their best, playing favourites from Mahler, Elgar and Burns as well as some more unusual brassy renditions of popular music by Kraftwerk, Joy Division and Disney's Frozen movie song Let It Go.

The bands will perform three different repertoires at 12 noon, 3.00pm and 5.00pm, in 12 different locations along the Water of Leith Walkway. The bands will play the same repertoire at the same time so that audiences along the Walkway will share the joy and passion of the live brass band in a coordinated community experience.

Fanfare aims to capture this spirit of community by inviting everyone in the city to experience the heart-swelling flourish of brass band music. Fanfare is one of the Festival’s Creative Learning projects. The Creative Learning team work year round with schools and the community in Edinburgh to deliver a range of innovative creative learning experiences.

Fanfare is inspired by the performances of one of the Festival’s main music theatre pieces, En avant, marche!, at the King’s Theatre on 24 and 25 August, which will feature a local Scottish brass band alongside Belgian contemporary dance collective les ballets C de la B.

Find out more about Fanfare here

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