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Opening Event: Bloom

A platform for the flowering of the human spirit
4 - 5 August 2017
St Andrew Square

Free Opening Event

An event designed to be enjoyed to moving around St Andrew Square to explore different parts of the projections.

Map showing projection areas and arena for Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

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 will create an epic outdoor spectacle – transforming St Andrew Square into a magical night garden through light and sound installations and large-scale projection. Stroll around the Square as the buildings burst into life – immersing you in a fast moving world of colour, texture and sound.

Entry to the event is free. To guarantee access for the 10pm start there was a limited number of tickets for both nights. Ticket holders will get access to the arena from 9pm.

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What if I didn’t get a ticket?
You can still come along! Non-ticket holders will be admitted from 10.30pm on a first come basis, subject to capacity. You will be able to queue for entry along George Street

Bloom is 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.

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70th Anniversary

Celebrating the explosion of colour, vibrancy and optimism that supported the arrival of the International Festival in 1947.

Sponsored by 

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Supported by

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Supported through the
Scottish Government's
Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

Supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

In association with

University of Edinburgh

Technology Partner

Blue i

in partnership with


Part of
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Created by 59 Productions

In association with the University of Edinburgh

Technology Partner Blue-i Theatre Technology
in partnership with mclcreate

Music Nick Powell

More information about the artists

59 Productions
Website | Twitter | Vimeo

Nick Powell
SoundCloud | Twitter

Image: 59 Productions

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


All tickets: Free