“It is beautiful and it is breathtaking” - Arts Journal
And it also has to be one of the most talked about events at this year’s Edinburgh Festivals. NVA’s Speed of Light brings Arthur’s Seat to life in a mass choreographed act of walking and endurance running, as part of Edinburgh International Festival and London 2012 Festival, until 1 September.
As a member of the walking audience you become part of the work, carrying portable light sources set against the dark features of the hill. A mesmerising visual display unfolds each night on your ascent to the summit as hundreds of runners wearing specially designed light suits take to the intricate path networks below.
Each individual performance is created by collective action, landscape and weather, offering a rare perspective on the cityscape, night skies and the sea and hills beyond.
“Winding up the paths of the city’s ancient and extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat, from a watchers distance, it looks as though an entire galaxy has fallen from the sky and littered the mounds of earth and stone with stars." - STV
NVA’s Speed of Light is one of only four national projects, commissioned as part of Legacy Trust UK’s Community Celebrations programme, which aims to build a lasting legacy from the UK’s hosting of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“We had the most amazing time last night, a unique and magical experience.” - Walking participant
“Had a fantastic time, met loads of great people and hearing the cheer from the controllers in the gazebo and the round of applause from the other runners at the very end topped it all off.” - Running participant
“I thought ascending Arthur Seat was awesome, loved every minute of it. Simply magical, I feel wonderful to be part of the whole set up." - Wheelchair participant