Edinburgh International Festival announces free digital program

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Details have been released of a month-long digital program series, Edinburgh International Festival At Home – in partnership with abrdn.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Festival, the At Home program is available for free worldwide and will feature 16 videos broadcast throughout November.

The program includes a set of five short films entitled Edinburgh is a Story, two full concerts presented at the 2022 International Festival, a series of six intimate musical sessions and a behind-the-scenes video which includes interviews with artists.

The Festival has commissioned Glasgow-based production company Forest of Black to produce Edinburgh is a Story, five short films that come together to create a journey through the city.

Each is filmed in an iconic Edinburgh location and creates an intimate portrait of an artist featured in this year’s Festival programme.

A series of exclusive musical sessions captured behind the scenes at the 2022 Edinburgh International Festival are also featured, including a performance by the Takács Quartet, Jordi Savall with members of his ensemble Hespèrion XXI, the Gaelic vocal trio Sian performing as part of from Niteworks: Comann, contemporary Celtic music pioneer Brighde Campbell and Iranian musician Aref Ghorbani.

Sessions open with Scottish indie rock duo Arab Strap.

The At Home program will run from October 27 to December 1 with three digital releases per week, each at 4 p.m. All releases are available free to watch from anywhere in the world here or via the Edinburgh International Festival YouTube channel.

Francesca Hegyi, Managing Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, said: “It was so heartening to see our audiences return to concert halls and theaters across the city for our 75th year, in anticipation of this year’s Festival. was great and the artists delivered.


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“However, not everyone can attend our live performances, and the At Home program gives a taste of what we have to offer at the International Festival. We could not do this without the support of abrdn, so it is with great gratitude to them that we unveil this program.

“It’s available for free and from anywhere in the world, so wherever you are in November, you can transport yourself to Edinburgh in August.”


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