Derry artist Willie Doherty is taking to the stage at this year’s Edinburgh international book festival.
The Turner Prize nominee, whose films and photographs are heavily influenced by the Troubles in Northern Ireland, will discuss responses to conflict with author Alex Dancy at next month’s festival.
BBC NI comedian, Colin Murphy will host his talk show ‘Great Unanswered Questions’ live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Potterrow, near Bristo Square on August 16.
As part of a nationwide effort to extend coverage of the festival, audience members will be treated to a rib-tickling and mind blogging show by the Northern Ireland funny man.
As part of the exciting run-up to the festival, BBC Radio One broadcaster, Edith Bowman visited Edinburgh as part of a broadcast initiative to showcase the surprising number of things to see and do in the world’s favourite Festival City this summer.
The collaborative project supported by VisitScotland, Festivals Edinburgh and Marketing Edinburgh, includes the production of a short online feature starring Edith and the distribution of inspiring festival footage that can be used by major TV production companies around the world.
In the short video Edith talks about her genuine love for the city and the festivals, reminiscing about her first festival experiences as a student living in Edinburgh:
“My first ever experience of Edinburgh and its festivals was when I was here at university where I threw myself into everything that this incredible city has to offer. I have so many fond memories of everything from nights at the Pleasance indoors and outdoors ...to lying on my back in Princes Street watching the fireworks cascade... to watching my very first ballet.”
During her visit, Edith was astounded to learn about the volume of things to see and do during this year’s festival from world premieres and Edinburgh debuts to star appearances and the fireworks that explode from Edinburgh Castle’s ramparts.
She was also awe struck with a behind the scenes tour of the National Museum of Scotland, which reopens on 29 July after a multi-million pound refurbishment, and a visit to the nineteen century Signet Library just off the city’s iconic Royal Mile, which will host its first ever pop up Pommery Champagne bar this August, to coincide with the festivals’ busiest period. Finally she visited the Missoni Hotel bar, where she enjoyed some of their delicious snacks and refreshments surrounded by the unique style developed by creative director Rosita Missoni, which includes features from some of the world’s best designers such as Scotland’s own Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
At the end of her visit Edith said: “It’s impossible to not find something you want to see in Edinburgh all year round.
“If the festivals weren’t enough in themselves, you’ve always got our great city, with its fashionable bars and cafes, award winning restaurants, world class shopping, fabulous attractions and breathtaking scenery!”
The Edinburgh Festivals Summer Season 2011
Edinburgh is the world’s festival city with seven festivals throughout the summer, making it the perfect place for an inspiring holiday experience.
This year’s festival highlights include the world premiere of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (based on Haruki Murakami’s best-selling novel), directed by Hollywood producer Stephen Earnhart at the International Festival.
There’s the Alma Mater, a play at the Fringe where low-fi charm meets high-tech in as the audience enters a child’s bedroom with an i-Pad to enjoy a weird and wonderful experience.
The first artist designed pavilion in St Andrew Square Gardens as part of The Edinburgh Art Festival. Designed by Karen Forbes, the futuristic curved glass structure will host a programme of events throughout the festival, placing visual art at the very heart of Edinburgh.
There’s also Trombone Shorty, who is taking the international music scene by storm, making his Edinburgh debut at the Jazz & Blues Festival.
The fireworks will be emerging from Edinburgh Castle every night around 22:30, at the epic Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.