Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

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Free opening event - unticketed entry from 10.30pm

An event designed to be enjoyed by moving around St Andrew Square. 

The Edinburgh International Festival was established in 1947 in the aftermath of the Second World War to ‘provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’. 70 years later, Edinburgh has bloomed magnificently as the world’s Festival City, and its impact has pollinated cities across the globe, propagating new festivals throughout Europe, America and Asia.

To celebrate this special anniversary, multi award-winning 59 Productions will create an epic outdoor spectacle – transforming St Andrew Square into a magical night garden through light and sound installations and large-scale projection. Stroll around the Square as the buildings burst into life – immersing you in a fast moving world of colour, texture and sound.

Everyone can join in the opening celebrations and can queue in George Street for entrances from 10.30pm until midnight.  Those with early access tickets will be able to access the arena from 9.00pm ready for the 10.00pm start. Ticket holders should arrive at the arena by 9.45pm. Your ticket is not valid after 10.00pm.

Find out more information about how you can attend and enjoy the event on these pages. 

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St Andrew Square, Edinburgh


Fri 4 & Sat 5 August
10.00pm till midnight



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