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Art, culture return to Edinburgh for 75th festivals anniversary

Edinburgh, Aug 6 (EFE).- Art, culture and music filled the streets of the Scottish capital Saturday as the Edinburgh Festivals returned in their full form after two years of coronavirus restrictions.

Saturday also marked the 75th anniversary of the festivals, which this year will include a special appearance of the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

“We always reflect what’s going on with the world, because artists are always particularly in tune with it,” Fergus Linehan, director of the Edinburgh International Festival, tells Efe.

Linehan said this year’s festivals were an “emotional” one because it marked 75 years since the first but also because it was “our return after Covid”.

“I think what makes this festival unique is firstly that every imaginable form of art is here,” the director says.

“And also because at every imaginable point of your career you can find a way into this festival and that creates an amazing sense of possibility for people and inclusivity,” he adds.

From dance, music, acrobatics, culture and art, the festival tackles a broad range of issues including the climate crisis, which is reflected in Akram Khan’s brand-new theater production The Jungle Book Reimagined.

“A festival sometimes is a good way to have a conversation about some of the challenges that we are facing,” says Linehan. EFE


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