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Frequently Asked Questions

Let us answer your queries to do with the event

Below you can find answers to some of the questions that you may have about the Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom, which was part of the opening weekend of the 2017 International Festival on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August.

When and where was the Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom happening?

The Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom was the opening event of the Edinburgh International Festival and took place on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August between 10.00pm and midnight at St Andrew Square. The projections were across three sides of the Square and the audience was encouraged to move around the space to explore the different parts of the installation.

How long is the event?

The event will run from 10.00pm until midnight on each night. The recommended viewing time is 20 minutes, but you are free to stay as long or short as you wish to explore the event. Ticketholders should arrive at the arena by 9.45pm. Your ticket will not be valid after 10.00pm Non-ticketholders will be able to queue along George Street and will able to enter the arena from 10.30pm on a first come basis subject to capacity. Please leave time for entering and exiting the area as we anticipate large numbers of people at the event.

What happens if the weather is bad?

The event will go ahead if it is raining. It will only be cancelled in the event of very adverse weather conditions. In the event of cancellation or delay, updates will be available on our website, FacebookTwitterInstagram and Google+ pages.

Can I bring drinks/food into the area or buy it at the event?

There will not be any additional catering available within the event arena, but the local area and St Andrew Square has an abundance of restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets if you are looking for food before or after the event. In the interests of safety, please do not bring any glass containers into the arena. Please remember to take any litter away with you to help us return the Square to its original state as quickly as possible. 

Will I be able to sit down?

The Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom is best enjoyed by moving around the Square to discover the different elements of the installation. 

Can I bring children/babies?

You can bring children or babies to the event, however it is worth noting that this event has a late start time, will be very busy and also noisy. We wouldn’t recommend bringing prams to the arena.

Do I need to buy tickets?

This event is free for everyone. Booking your free ticket allows you first access to the arena, but even if you don’t get a ticket, you will still be able to attend. Non-ticket holders will be admitted from 10.30pm on a first come basis. Free tickets will be available to book online from 10.00am on Monday 3 July.

How do I get there?

St Andrew Square is in central Edinburgh. More information about travelling to the event and entrances to the event arena is available here and will be updated with road closures closer to the date.

Is the arena accessible?

The whole of the St Andrew Square arena is accessible to those with mobility issues. There are some benches around the Square, but the Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom is designed to be enjoyed by moving around the Square. More information about access at the event is available here.

Is the performance advisable for photo-sensitive people, e.g. suffering from epilepsy?

59 Productions strive to make content suitable for all audiences, and comply with broadcast standards where appropriate in cinema and on television. They avoid prolonged strobing images in the problematic 16-25Hz range, and do not use strobe lighting above 4Hz. High contrast patterns and moving images feature throughout the content for this production so if these present a risk of seizure we would advise audience members that they might be at risk if these are triggers for them.