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Festival Portraits video series launches

There really is no such thing as Art. There are only artists

Ernst Gombrich

The Edinburgh International Festival is an annual gathering of some of the greatest creative minds of our time. To celebrate their presence at the heart of our programme, the Festival has commissioned video portraits exploring the artist’s experience from the point of view of five celebrated Festival artists.

The films present interviews with actors, musicians, writers and directors talking about the art that they love, and features Juliette Binoche, Simon McBurney, Nicola Benedetti, Robert Lepage and Anne-Sophie Mutter in a series of personal reflections on their artform, the nature of live performance and the unique exchange they experience with an audience every time they take to the stage.

The video portraits build on the iconic portraits of Festival artists created by Scottish photographer Gavin Evans for the Festival 2015 programme covers, and offer audiences a greater insight into the creative talent and processes employed by great artists at the core of the Festival.

Festival Director Fergus Linehan said, “The role that artists and their creative talent plays is absolutely essential to what the Festival is, and we wanted to capture on film some of this year’s artists and find out why they’re so incredibly passionate about what they do. These videos give a rare glimpse inside the minds of five world-renowned artists, and I think will give Festival audiences a unique understanding of what they are thinking and feeling when performing for them this August’.

Watch the videos here

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