Spirit of '47
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A 70th anniversary collaboration between the British Council & the Edinburgh 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 is a co-curated programme marking the founding partnership that gave birth to the Festival city and celebrates 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 will come together for eleven days of electrifying performance and discussion.
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.
The British Council was a co-founder of the International Festival
Benjamin Clementine performing an extract of Phantom of Aleppoville, live at the International Festival. Part of Spirit of '47
Watch the full conversation with Paul Auster, part of Spirit of '47
Christine De Luca reads her specially commissioned poem, Spirit of '47
New European Songbook
11-12 Aug 7pm
Spirited Voices: War Dialogues
7 Aug 3pm
Spirited Voices: Arts in the Aftermath of Conflict
9 Aug 2pm
Spirited Voices: Cultural Connections
7 Aug 1pm
Spirited Voices: The Power of Plays
12 Aug 1.30pm
Spirited Voices: Fire Down Below
15 Aug 1pm
Spirited Voices: Contesting the Spirit of Unity
Whose Festival? Whose Culture?
16 Aug 11am