You Are Here

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How are First Nation's peoples in Greenland responding to our rapidly changing world? What does the #metoo movement mean to a young working mother in Lagos? What role is music playing in the search for peace in the Middle East? These are just some of the questions posed by You Are Here. In a season of performances, conversations, readings and fresh thinking, passionate artists from around the globe invite you to explore where we are now and, more importantly, where are we headed.

You Are Here is split into 4 strands. Find out more below.

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Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True

© Gaelle Beri

Main Stage Performances

An extensive programme of 14 main-stage performances from world-leading artists and companies offering extraordinary insight and comment on a local, global and human level. From the experiences of women in modern-day Nigeria to the very real consequences of globalisation for First Nations peoples, these performances will lay bare striking and personal stories that connect our everyday.

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Call and Response: H2

© Ryan Buchanan

The Departure Lounge

A new series of informal performances, conversations, readings and fresh thinking, The Departure Lounge is where the public meet with writers, directors, musicians, choreographers and performers, sharing fresh perspectives and diverse insights shaped by who they are and where they’re from.

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International Climate Crisis Plays: Ocean Hotpot by Si’an Chen

© Ryan Buchanan

Professional Development

A bespoke series of professional development programmes supporting emerging arts professionals and creatives from Scotland and around the world, to learn and exchange ways of working together.

Cross Currents

19-24 August

Our professional exchange and development programme brings Scottish practitioners together with their international counterparts. Responding to a need for support and development opportunities for arts creatives, Cross Currents will provide time and space in an invigorating environment for creative producers and artists to refresh their current practice, share, network, play and consider their future potential. Applications are now closed.

Delivered in partnership with University of Edinburgh, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Federation of Scottish Theatre.

International Climate Crisis Plays

13-17 August

The Royal Court Theatre returns to the Edinburgh International Festival for a major new residency that will culminate in a week of lunchtime performances of new short plays written by some of the most significant international new voices.

A group of young woman stand in a row on stage while wearing colourful jackets and white skinny jeans.

The Sugar Army in Hard to be Soft: A Belfast Prayer

© Gaelle Beri

Community Engagement

A series of artist-led community projects connecting Edinburgh residents of all ages directly with the You Are Here programme, through working together with the extraordinary artists driving the conversation and engaging at a local and personal level with the crucial questions posed at its heart.

My Festival - My Story

in collaboration with 1927

A project for Primary 6 pupils that will explore what it takes to create folktales and bring these stories to life visually. The results of these will be displayed at the Church Hill Theatre where 1927 present their new work Roots.

The Sugar Army

Choreographer Oona Doherty will work with 12 young female dancers from House of Jack, a Leith based hip-hop collective to explore the themes and context behind her work Hard to Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer, creating The Sugar Army that will perform in the show at The Lyceum.

Cardiff & Miller

in partnership with Fruitmarket Gallery

An intergenerational project working with young people in Wester Hailes whose community was relocated from Edinburgh’s Old Town in the 1960s and older communities currently living within the Old Town.

Red Dust Road

in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland

An exploration of how we talk about ourselves and our lives, where we are from, and what we are made of. This project will work with two communities across Scotland and both will have the opportunity to explore creative writing, diaries, and digital dramaturgy.

You Are Here is a strategic partnership with the British Council, the University of Edinburgh Futures Institute and Fuel. The British Council was one of the founding partners of the Edinburgh International Festival and has unparalleled experience working with creative sectors from across the world.

The Futures Institute brings expertise from across the University of Edinburgh and beyond, and will help ensure Edinburgh and Scotland can benefit from the ideas developed through the partnership. Fuel is a leading independent producing company that produces an adventurous, playful and significant programme of work engaging with the big questions of our times.