Over 15,000 people attend the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival

MORE THAN 15,000 people descended on Edinburgh for the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) on Friday evening.

Returning for its 75th year, the festival kicked off with a large-scale free event titled MACRO. The co-production between EIF and the Adelaide Festival saw performances by Australian circus legends Gravity & Other Myths, First Nations dance group Djuki Mala and a group of Australian and Scottish musicians performing original music.

The National Youth Choir of Scotland also performed and the audience were treated to lyrics by Edinburgh Makar Hannah Lavery.

The EIF runs until August 25, with three weeks of live performances for audiences across Edinburgh this month.

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These include everything from Scottish Ballet’s radical new production of Coppélia inspired by cloning and artificial intelligence, festival favorite Alan Cumming in his solo dance theater debut, and New York rapper Princess Nokia taking the stage.

Established in 1947 after World War II, the Edinburgh International Festival aimed to inspire artists and audiences to begin healing through international cultural collaboration.

August is festival season in Edinburgh, with the Fringe, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival taking place throughout the month.

The 75th Edinburgh International Festival runs from August 5-28 and tickets for all shows are available at eif.co.uk.

Darcy J. Skinner