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Contesting the Spirit of Unity

Whose Festival? Whose Culture?
Wednesday 16 August 2017
The Studio

Conductor Bruno Walter said that the first Edinburgh International Festival was a ‘magnificent’ experience, which ‘renewed human relations’ after the war. But not everyone felt included. For some years Glasgow Unity Theatre – led by a former factory shop steward – had been discovering working-class talent and presenting popular, professional theatre. But International Festival director Rudolf Bing thought Scottish work unlikely to meet his standards; and making the International Festival accessible to a wide social range of ‘local visitors’ was not a consideration. Glasgow Unity came anyway but had to perform, selffunded, on what later became ‘the Fringe’.

This event – in the form of readings and a panel discussion – examines the origin of the ‘culture wars’, an underappreciated part of the development of Edinburgh as a Festival City.

Supported by Edinburgh Trades Union Council and Scottish Trade Unions

Part of the International Festival and British Council season Spirit of '47


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  • Running time: 
    1hr 15mins approx

Venue

The Studio

22 Potterrow
Edinburgh,
EH8 9BL

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Tickets

All tickets: £6

Current discounts

Students: 30% OFF
Senior citizens: 30% OFF
Unemployed: 30% OFF
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
Under 18s: 50% OFF
Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF