Spirit of '47

A 70th anniversary collaboration between the British Council & the International Festival

In 1947 Rudolf Bing, the General Manager of Glyndebourne Opera, Henry Harvey Wood, the Head of the British Council in Scotland, and leaders from the City of Edinburgh came together to conceive of an event that would welcome the world to the Scottish capital.

In an act of extraordinary courage and optimism they asserted that art and culture could act as a beacon of hope and reconciliation in a divided continent. The Spirit of ’47 was a co-curated programme marking the founding partnership that gave birth to the Festival city and celebrated the depth and quality of international cultural collaboration in today’s world.

Artists from Scotland, England, USA, Ukraine, Lebanon, Cuba, China, Jamaica, Palestine, Chile, Argentina, Syria, Portugal, Germany, Iran, Pakistan, India and many more came together for eleven days of electrifying performance and discussion in 2017.

We were delighted that BBC Arts Digital collaborated with us, making many of the events from Spirit of ’47 available live and on demand to a global audience online. Visit BBC Arts Digital for more information and to watch some of the events.