The Edinburgh International Festival was established in 1947 in the aftermath of the Second World War to ‘provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’. 70 years later, Edinburgh has bloomed magnificently as the world’s Festival City, and its impact has pollinated cities across the globe, propagating new festivals throughout Europe, America and Asia.
To celebrate this special anniversary, multi award-winning 59 Productions created an epic outdoor spectacle – transforming St Andrew Square into a magical night garden through light and sound installations and large-scale projection. The audience strolled around the Square as the buildings burst into life – immersing them in a fast moving world of colour, texture and sound.
The Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom was produced by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, creators of the dazzling and critically acclaimed Harmonium Project in 2015 and The Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time in 2016. It is created in a partnership with The University of Edinburgh.