Edinburgh International Festival – Scotland’s leading performing arts festival
The longest running of the 12, making its debut in 1947, is the Edinburgh International Festival. The EIF is Scotland’s leading annual performing arts festival. For three weeks in August every year, the city comes alive with the best music, theatre, opera and dance that the world can offer. It has been described as a “vast cultural wave” that washes over the capital every summer.
China’s long and prolific history of performing arts means that China is an essential partner for the EIF. China’s Minister of Culture Luo Shugang has met with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on her trip to China to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that China and Scotland will fully collaborate on this year’s EIF.
The MoU stands as a formal agreement that China and Scotland will work hand in hand to represent the artistic and cultural ties that exist between the two countries. There are a number of Chinese performances featuring on this year’s EIF programme including Lang Lang with the Philharmonia Orchestra (his solo Festival concert is already sold out), Tao Dance Theatre’s exploration of contemporary expression in “Weight x 3”, and a unique collaboration between Tianjin Children’s Art Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland, which has produced a show of fast-moving physical theatre, puppetry and original music in “Dragon”.