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Interfaces: The Internet and Free Will

Aleks Krotoski, social psychologist and presenter of Radio 4’s Digital Human, untangles the World Wide Web, asking how much of a revolution it really is. Are we in danger of letting Google and Facebook take over our lives, and can we reclaim control over the machine? Chaired by Robert Dawson Scott.


A video of a complete performance of the 1999 OBIE-winning collision of Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights with Joseph Mawra’s B-movie classic, Olga’s House of ÂShame.


By Franz KafkaAdapted from The MetamorphosisContemporary Legend Theatre

Travelling salesman and sole breadwinner for his family, Gregor Samsa awakes one day to discover that he has been transformed into a giant insect. 

20th Century Classics

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov

An evening of thrilling 20th-century classics from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under its chief guest conductor, Ilan Volkov, who is widely renowned for the passion and intensity of his music making.

Leaving Planet Earth

Grid Iron

Old Earth has nothing left for us, and so it is time for a new beginning. Cross galaxies, traverse light years and find yourself in a world where you can be the centre of your own universe. Welcome to New Earth. Never look back.

La Belle et la Bête

Philip Glass Ensemble

Minimalist composer Philip Glass’s magical reimagining of Jean Cocteau’s 1946 La Belle et la Bête combines the classic black and white film with live performance in aÂsophisticated work that is at once a touching fairy tale and a meditation on creativity.


By William ShakespeareThe Wooster Group

New York’s groundbreaking theatre company The Wooster Group re-imagines Shakespeare’s classic tragedy for the 21st century.

Interfaces: Unknowable Futures

In the face of today’s ongoing technological revolution, author and journalist Ben Hammersley examines how we must consider today what we do not know for tomorrow. Chaired by journalist Robert Dawson Scott.

Interfaces: Language in a Technological Age

As we spend more time online or attached to a mobile device and with increasing amounts of information being generated and captured, Jon Oberlander, Professor of Epistemics at the University of Edinburgh, explores the cost to privacy of this new technological power. Chaired by Guardian journalist Aleks Krotoski.

Byungjun Kwon | Haroon Mirza

Accompanying the exhibition Transmitted Live: Nam June Paik Resounds at the Talbot Rice Gallery. Byungjun Kwon This is Me Kwon started his...

Curators Talk

Discussion on Paik's legacy as a revolutionary boundary breaker and prophetic thinker who linked art and technology, music and visual art, electronics and the humanities.

Rumstick Road

A video reconstruction of the landmark 1977 production Rumstick Road which combined audio taped conversations, family letters, dance, 35mm slides and the writing of Mary Baker Eddy to construct a response to the suicide of Spalding Gray’s mother.

Christian Gerhaher & Gerold Huber

Christian Gerhaher Baritone Gerold Huber Piano

The 2013 Queen’s Hall concerts open in style with one of the finest Lieder singers of his generation.

Alexander Nevsky

The Opening Concert / Prokofiev / Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The 2013 International Festival opens in thrilling fashion as three great Russian musicians join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a pair of seminal masterpieces by Prokofiev.

Transmitted Live: Nam June Paik Resounds

No other artist has had greater influence on the use of technology in art than Nam June Paik; he prophesied changes that would shape the contemporary world, exemplified in his pioneering ideas.

Okkyung Lee | Takehisa Kosugi

Accompanying the exhibition Transmitted Live: Nam June Paik Resounds at the Talbot Rice Gallery.

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man

He is renowned as one of the finest artists of the Renaissance – but Leonardo da Vinci was also one of the greatest anatomists the world has ever seen.

Media Skins

In Media Skins, photographer and media artist Hyung Su Kim explores new artistic expressions in public spaces by creating media facades using LEDs.

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Join the city of Edinburgh in a celebration of summer festivals, inspirational music and breathtaking pyrotechnics as the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the Edinburgh International Festival to a resplendent conclusion.

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Garry Walker

2012’s Virgin Money Fireworks Concert was a feast of pageantry and patriotism, celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and also echoing the International Festival’s Shakespearean offerings.

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

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Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside