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Edinburgh International Festival announces plans to take shows outdoors this summer



The Edinburgh International Festival has announced it plans to use outdoor venues to enable it to go ahead during August, following last year’s coronavirus cancellations.

A selection of spaces across the city will include three temporary outdoor pavilions designed especially for live performance.

These will be situated at Edinburgh Park and the University of Edinburgh’s Old College Quad, and will feature covered concert stages and socially distanced seating.

The International Festival is working with the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and other relevant authorities to implement appropriate Covid-19 safety measures.

These include shorter performances with no intervals, physical distancing, regular cleaning and contactless ticketing.

The festival will publish the security measures in more detail next month.

It will also release a selection of streamed performances free of charge during each week of the festival, for audiences in Edinburgh and around the world to watch from home.

Full details of the 2021 programme – which spans opera, orchestral and chamber music, theatre and contemporary music – will be announced on 2 June, before general booking opens on 11 June.

Fergus Linehan, festival director at Edinburgh International Festival, said: “While there are still uncertainties ahead, we are confident that this programme will give us the very best chance of delivering a season of live performance from 7 to 29 August.

“We are hugely grateful to the artists who have agreed to come on this journey with us, the stakeholders, donors, and sponsors who have stood by us through a tough year and our audiences who have cheered us along throughout.”

Culture and communities convener, councillor Donald Wilson added: “After the challenging year we’ve all had and the disappointment of not being able to enjoy the festival in the usual way last year, it will be fantastic for audiences to share in the live performance experience again with an exceptional outdoor pavilions programme for local audiences alongside the Festival’s online offering.”

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