Billed as the most-visited immersive multi-sensory experience in the world, a walk-through installation based on the work of painter Vincent Van Gogh visits Edinburgh in March 2022. Van Gogh Alive has been seen by 8.5 million visitors in 75 cities around the world, and is making its Scottish debut in the capital’s Festival Square for a four-month run. The purpose-built venue will host a Covid-safe and family-friendly experience, which it is hoped will become a major visitor attraction for Scotland, offering a world-class cultural experience.
The installation had been showing at Salford’s MediaCityUK, and invites visitors to ‘accompany’ the famous painter on a journey through the Netherlands, Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he created many of his widely-recognised masterpieces. Set to an evocative classical score, there are over 3,000 inspirational images on all surfaces and surrounding visitors stepping inside what has been described as an ‘unforgettable multi-sensory experience’. Admission is ticketed and bookable in advance.
In celebration of the anniversary of Van Gogh’s birth (30th March 1853) there is a series of projections of his paintings onto several of Edinburgh’s monuments after 8pm, including:
Thursday 31st March: The Playfair at Donaldson’s
Friday 1st April: Nelson Monument on Calton Hill
Saturday 2nd April: Melville Monument, St Andrew Square
Sunday 3rd April: Leith Library