Bloom – Edinburgh International Festival 2017 2017-06-30T16:09:47+00:00

Project Description

A platform for the flowering of the human spirit

Edinburgh International Festival
Way back in 1947, Sir John Falconer – Lord Provost of Edinburgh and the International Festival’s first Chair – spoke of his ambition that the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival should ‘provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’.

70 years later, Edinburgh has bloomed magnificently as the world’s Festival City, transformed beyond recognition by the International Festival – and its impact has pollinated cities across the globe, propagating new festivals throughout Europe, America and Asia. It has celebrated our highest artistic achievements, our imagination and creativity, our generosity and diversity.

Bringing together light and sound installations, large-scale illuminations and 3D-mapped projections onto Edinburgh’s iconic buildings, Bloom is an epic, outdoor, public art event that celebrates the joyful transformation of the city over the past 70 years, from the darkness and division of the post-war years to today’s explosions of colour and spectacle.

And to mark the International Festival’s very special anniversary, Bloom transforms not a single building, but instead uses the facades around St Andrew Square to create a vast canvas for projection-mapped animations. The Square becomes an immersive environment of colour, texture, sounds and sensations that places the audience at the centre of a visually stunning digital constellation.

The Opening Event will take place on two nights for the first time, on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August, giving audiences the opportunity to enjoy this experience throughout the opening weekend of the International Festival. The event runs from 10pm to midnight on a 20 minute loop, allowing audience members to explore it at their own pace.

“Blooming marvellous: St Andrew Square will be site for Festival’s opening sound and light show”

The Herald, Scotland

Entry to the event is free. To guarantee access for the 10pm start, a limited number of tickets are available for both nights and will be released from 10am on Monday 3 July. Ticket holders can access the event arena from 9pm ahead of the event beginning at 10pm on both evenings. Non-ticket holders are also welcome to attend and will be admitted from 10.30pm on a first come basis.

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59 Team

Project Director

Leo Warner

Lead Designer

Akhila Krishnan


Rebecca Collis


Nick Powell

Sound Designer

Gareth Fry

Lighting Designer

Matt Daw

Animation & Design

Aaron Brady
Edd Stockton
Emily Howells
Georgia Clegg
Lawrence Watson
Nicol Scott
Simon Russell
Joanna Pilarczyk

Assistant Designer

Matthew Taylor
Dale Croft

Graphic Design

Bex Pitt

Production Manager

James Roxburgh

Programmer & System Design

Maximilien Spielbichler

Technical Assistant

Iain Syme


Rowan Pitts
Sam Jeffs


Chris Dunkin