Performing Arts

Edinburgh International Festival 2020, 'My Light Shines On'

Over One Million Arts Lovers Embrace My Light Shines On

Online Review

In a defiant response to the Covid crisis, Edinburgh International Festival brought together a comprehensive collection of major performances on its YouTube channel from a variety of premier international and Scottish artists, together with major national commissions and special light installations in the Festival’s regular venues across the capital.

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Rishan Benjamin on set for Frontiers, part of Scottish Ballet's Digital Season

Scottish Ballet: Keeping the Lights on

Proving that limitations can actually be a boon to creativity, Scottish Ballet have been busy developing and extending their range of community projects throughout the pandemic lockdown. Staff, crew and talent have been stretching their skills and imagination with a swathe of inventive missions. Their ever popular online digital health classes have ballooned, helping the

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K T Tunstall - 6th September, Royal Highland Showground

Utilita: Live From the Drive-In

1 Aug – 6 Sep

A series of drive-in concerts, theatre performances, comedy shows and opera, featuring many household names, is set to take place near urban centres across the UK, including Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre.

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Extract from Skeleton Wumman, written and directed by Gerda Stevenson and performed by Amy Conachan

National Theatre of Scotland: Scenes for Survival

Online theatre

A season of fifty short digital artworks from Scotland’s National Theatre features several of Scotland’s best-known actors working from isolation on new scripts, in support of a hardship fund for the many in the performing arts affected adversely by the Covid crisis.

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llan Volkov, Depeuty Principal Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Brahms – A German Requiem

19, 22 Mar

Note: cancelled due to public health situation. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performs ‘one of the most beautiful, most moving and in its own way most profoundly spiritual choral works of the 19th century’, by Johannes Brahms, alongside avant-garde master Luigi Nono’s visionary orchestral-electronic ‘Per Bastiana Tai-Yang Cheng’.

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BBC SSO Beethoven Roots Festival

Beethoven 250th Anniversary Concerts

May – Jun

Note: check performers’ websites for information re. public health situation. Marking the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, here are some highlights of forthcoming performances in May and June.

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D & G Arts Live, Worn

Arts Live, Dumfries & Galloway

Year-round

Note: many Arts Live events have been cancelled due to the public health emergency. Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival has announced the launch of its fourth annual Arts Live programme to tour the region.

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SNJO Planet Wave

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Planet Wave

21 – 23 Feb

Tommy Smith’s collaboration with the late Makar Edwin Morgan is revived to mark the poet’s centenary, in an ambitious and expansive work charting the Earth’s voyage, in a synthesis of music, sound, poetry and theatre.

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