Clicket at the Festivals Day 13
Day 13 of the festivals and the party's just only getting started! The Edinburgh International Festival presents an exciting line-up of Theatre, Opera, Dance, Music and a unique fusion of sport and art - NVA's Speed of Light. We wanted to soak ourselves in the goodness that is the Edinburgh International Festival. Which is why in our blog today, you'll read about experiences by our team who dived deep into the heart of the festival and back.
Clicket Kids Channel Editor, Catriona France, is also a member of the Edinburgh International Festival Chorus performing tonight at the Edinburgh International Festival: London Philharmonic Orchestra. In this blog, you'll find out what it's like to be one of the performers at the heart of the Festival and performing with internationally renowned orchestras and conductors.
Clicket Web Coordinator, Nicola Kenny, ditched her pretty dress shoes for wellies and hiked up Arthur's Seat with NVA's Speed of Light. Read her experience as a member of the walking audience in today's blog. And see a few photos of the mesmerising light display by our favourite photographer, Eoin Carey.
Clicket Editor, Grace Ng, is also an INsiders and as part of its members' benefits, was invited behind the scenes and backstage of the set of The Makropulos Case at Festival Theatre led by the delightful John Robb, Head of Technical. Have a wee peek into what she saw with her Instagram photos in today's blog.
In this video, our pals from Summerhall TV chatted with Jackie Westbrook, Marketing Communications Director of the Edinburgh International Festival and got her thoughts on the festival.
© Summerhall TV | Arts Channel capturing the weird, radical and wonderful.
Blog banner photo by Eoin Carey
Sounds of the Edinburgh International Festival
By Catriona France, Clicket Kids Editor
The last chord is played, the conductor relaxes and after a brief moment of silence the sold out audience at the Usher Hall erupts into deafening applause. Singing in the Edinburgh International Festival is really quite something.
Although, amidst the year long weekly rehearsals for the Edinburgh Festival Chorus you can quite easily forget the magnitude of what you are preparing for. We perform with world famous orchestras and conductors from all over the world and sing in one of the best concerts halls around, but this gets lost in daily routine and can even feel like a chore(!).
It’s so easy to take Edinburgh for granted when you live here. Not only is it a beautiful city but the cultural scene is second to none, and to be part of that is a real privilege. It’s time to realise the amazing opportunities this city presents in terms of arts and culture, and to take advantage of this offer all year round.
Here's a video of the Chorus during their first rehearsal of the 2012 programme.
The Festival Chorus will next be singing:
Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 3 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, Sat 18 Aug;
Debussy Nocturnes and Busoni’s Piano Concerto Op. 39 with the European Union Youth Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, Thu 23 Aug; before performing Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast in the Closing Concert alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and David Robertson, Sat 1 Sep.
Light of the Edinburgh International Festival
By Nicola Kenny, Web Coordinator
I didn’t really know what to expect from NVA’s Speed of Light. A completely off-the-wall idea which, even in reality, is quite impossible to describe. As part of the walking audience, you really do feel part of the work, particularly when you look behind you and see the other groups creeping up the hill like a giant luminous centipede. It kind of felt like you were on safari, whispering ‘Look! Look!’ when you spotted another little lit-up element on the hillside.
The walk is taken at a gentle pace, giving you time to take in your surroundings and what shapes the light-suited runners are creating. When you make it to the summit, Edinburgh sprawls out beautifully below you, complimented by the runners and the walkers twinkling on the hillside.
Honestly, I had a bit of a moment. Never has Edinburgh looked so beautiful.
Never have I ever felt so connected to it.
Backstage at the Edinburgh International Festival
By Grace Ng, Clicket Editor
John Robb is a great host, tour guide and storyteller and welcomed us with open arms into his world - backstage. As I listened to his stories of working to support the artistic vision of the performing companies the Edinburgh International Festival curates and invites to perform...
I was amazed at the juxtaposition of the images I captured on Instagram backstage versus front of house.
The rough but sturdy harnesses, light truss, handwritten safety instructions on unpainted surfaces of the large set designs backstage - all bring to pass the beauty and the refined on stage.
Our souls are uplifted by the performers' artistic abilities but only because of the strong backstage and technical support that amplifies and augments.
Apart from all that, I loved poking about and was constantly amazed at every turn backstage. I'm now looking forward to wandering around on the next backstage tour organised for INsiders at the Lowland Halls backstage of the set of 2008: Macbeth (Wed 15 to Sat 18 Aug) this Friday.
If you're in your 20s/30s, join the INsiders at a low members' fee of £25 and get a whole host of benefits from money-can't-buy experiences such as backstage tours like this and 50% discount off tickets on selected shows!
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Great performing arts and visual art this summer at the festivals!
For Edinburgh Art Festival exhibitions listings | 2 Aug - 2 Sep
For Edinburgh Festival Fringe events @ Brunton Theatre | 3 - 27 Aug
For Edinburgh Festival Fringe events @ Dance Base | 3 - 27 Aug
For Edinburgh Festival Fringe events @ Traverse Theatre | 3 - 27 Aug
For Edinburgh International Festival events | 9 Aug - 2 Sep
For Edinburgh International Book Festival events | 11 - 27 Aug
For Edinburgh Mela Day Passes | 31 Aug - 2 Sep