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Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom © Neil Hanna

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

A platform for the flowering of the human spirit

This epic, outdoor, public artwork, brought together spectacular animation, lighting and music on Fri 4 and Sat 5 August 2017 to celebrate the joyful transformation of the city over the past 70 years.

An event designed to be enjoyed to moving around St Andrew Square to explore different parts of the projections.

The Edinburgh International Festival was established in 1947 in the aftermath of the Second World War to ‘provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’. 70 years later, Edinburgh has bloomed magnificently as the world’s Festival City, and its impact has pollinated cities across the globe, propagating new festivals throughout Europe, America and Asia.

To celebrate this special anniversary, multi award-winning 59 Productions will create an epic outdoor spectacle – transforming St Andrew Square into a magical night garden through light and sound installations and large-scale projection. Stroll around the Square as the buildings burst into life – immersing you in a fast moving world of colour, texture and sound.

Entry to the event is free. To guarantee access for the 10pm start there was a limited number of tickets for both nights. Ticket holders will get access to the arena from 9pm.

Standard Life Opening Event Bloom © Lesley Martin 07

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What if I didn’t get a ticket? You can still come along! Non-ticket holders will be admitted from 10.30pm on a first come basis, subject to capacity. You will be able to queue for entry along George Street

Bloom is produced by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, creators of the dazzling and critically acclaimed Harmonium Project in 2015 and The Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time in 2016. It is created in a partnership with The University of Edinburgh.

Created by 59 Productions

In association with the University of Edinburgh

Technology Partner Blue-i Theatre Technology
in partnership with mclcreate

Music Nick Powell

More information about the artists

59 Productions
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Nick Powell
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4-5 August 2017

  • Bloom Arena
  • 10.00pm till midnight
  • Free

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2018 programme is now available to browse online. Click on What's On from the menu to see the full programme.

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