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Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time is the epic opening event for this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

This free, outdoor artwork will see the western façade of Edinburgh Castle and Castle Rock used as the canvas for digitally animated projections inspired by the city’s past, set to a specially compiled soundtrack by Scottish rock band Mogwai. Celebrating the start of Edinburgh’s summer festival season, the event takes place on Sunday 7 August, at 10.30pm and can be viewed from a specially created arena on Castle Terrace. Free tickets for the event arena are available from the International Festival from Monday 11 July. A second limited release of free tickets will be made available on Monday 1 August, with a very limited release of final tickets the day before the event on Saturday 6 August.

Deep Time charts 350 million years of Edinburgh history, uncovering the unique geology of a landscape formed by volcanic activity, exploring the intellectual legacy of the city – in particular the work of renowned Edinburgh scientist and thinker James Hutton – and celebrating the people who live and work in the city.  Tony-award winning 59 Productions, creators of the acclaimed Harmonium Project which opened the 2015 International Festival, will use cutting-edge 3d animation and projection techniques to create the event, working in partnership with academics from across the University of Edinburgh. Experts from science, arts and humanities will lend their expertise to help tell the story of the earth and the ideas behind Hutton’s theory of Deep Time.

Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time

This announcement marks the foundation of a new partnership between Standard Life and the Edinburgh International Festival over the next three years. With a mutual commitment to excellence, ambition, creativity and innovation, this partnership allows both organisations to celebrate their shared home of Edinburgh on an international stage.

The partnership will support the International Festival in advancing its ambitions for future Opening Events, which will continue to deliver new and innovative work showcasing pioneering productions made in Scotland. Standard Life chooses sponsorships and partners who reflect its commitment to excellence and to helping people achieve their ambitions. By supporting the International Festival through this new sponsorship the company continues to build its investment in its home city and its people, and to advance its global brand.


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