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Spirit of ’47 at Edinburgh International Festival


A 70th anniversary collaboration between the British Council & the Edinburgh International Festival

In 1947 Rudolf Bing, the General Manager of Glyndebourne Opera, Henry Harvey Wood, the Head of the British Council in Scotland, and leaders from the City of Edinburgh came together to conceive of an event that would welcome the world to the Scottish capital.

In an act of extraordinary courage and optimism they asserted that art and culture could act as a beacon of hope and reconciliation in a divided continent. The Spirit of ’47 is a co-curated programme marking the founding partnership that gave birth to the Festival city and celebrates the depth and quality of international cultural collaboration in today’s world.

Artists from Scotland, England, USA, Ukraine, Lebanon, Cuba, China, Jamaica, Palestine, Chile, Argentina, Syria, Portugal, Germany, Iran, Pakistan, India and many more will come together for eleven days of electrifying performance and discussion.





British Council