One week to go until Aberdeen Standard Investment Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Count down is on to spectacular opening of the Edinburgh International Festival, Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams.

The final tickets for Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams will be released on Monday 30 July at 10am to bookers in person and online.

Preparations have begun in Edinburgh’s Festival Square for the massive free event set to open the International Festival to 15,000 people and streamed to a global audience.

The work by Anna Meredith and 59 Productions is an intriguing and moving 25 minute work inspired by five aspects of communication during World War One, commemorating the young lives lost 100 years ago, and is the first Opening Event to include live performance. 

Scotland’s Young People are a driving force behind this year’s Edinburgh International Festival Opening Event playing an integral role in realising the large scale multi-media work, from co-design, through to production, delivery and performance.

Preparations are in their final stage for this year’s opening spectacular of the Edinburgh International Festival, Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams.

With just a week to go until the Festival opens, Associate Artists 59 Productions are on site installing the infrastructure and testing to ensure the Festival’s opening event goes without a hitch. The flashmob of young performers are in rehearsal with choreographer Nathan Clarke (Rhianna, One Direction) and choir master Stephen Deazley (Love Music), and the city is readying itself for the busy month of August.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams is a free, outdoor performance created by Anna Meredith, one of the UKs most exciting contemporary composers, and 59 Productions who have wowed audiences with their large scale illuminations over the previous 3 years of opening events.

Comprising large-scale illuminations and projections on the Usher Hall and a new work for orchestra and chorus the intricate exploration of communication and moving commemoration of the young lives lost in World War One opens the International Festival on the 3 August 2018 at 10.30pm.

The International Festival releases the final allocation of tickets on Monday 30 July at 10am to ensure those arriving in Edinburgh for the world’s greatest festivals have the opportunity to join the opening event. The last 1,000 of the 15,000 tickets will be available in person at the Hub box office (The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE) and online (priority will be given to bookers in person). Bookers are limited to 2 tickets per person.

For those not in the city the event will be streamed on the Festival’s facebook page.

Working in partnership with Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, the involvement of young people in the opening event has been specifically designed to offer empowering, educational and professional development opportunities alongside access to training and skills based work experience. Young people have taken on active roles across every aspect of the event including  Camera Operators and Filming Coordinators to assist in capturing the event, and Event Assistants who will work directly alongside International Festival staff to ensure the event’s successful promotion and delivery.  

The International Festival is also working in partnership with the University of Edinburgh where second year and third year students from Edinburgh College of Art’s Performance Costume course work have created designs and costumes which will feature as part of the event.

Fergus Linehan, Director of Edinburgh International Festival said “We’re pretty excited now. The preparation are really ramping up and we have an absolutely stunning opening event to share with you next Friday. Capacity is limited, so if you haven’t yet got your tickets, do book them now – we’d hate people to miss out!

This year’s event includes live performance for the first time, and combining with Anna’s intricate and moving score and the spectacular visual show that 59 Productions has created it I think it will be both an awe-inspiring and emotional start to this year’s festival.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams is made possible by support from a portfolio of partners across the private and public sector. This is the third opening event in a partnership between the International Festival and Aberdeen Standard Investments – the International Festival’s Opening Event Partner – which supports the event alongside other key funders including the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate, and the University of Edinburgh, which have supported the Festival’s Opening Event since its inception in 2015.

Both the International Festival and Aberdeen Standard Investments are delighted to be continuing this successful partnership founded on world-class ambition and delivery for a further three years.

Image Credit: 59 Productions

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