Spirit of '47 at Edinburgh International Festival

6 -16 August 2017

A 70th anniversary collaboration between the British Council and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Spirit of '47 is a jointly curated season of talks, performances and screenings examining global citizenship and international collaboration with insights and perspectives from the UK and around the world.

To mark 70 years since the first International Festival, of which the British Council was a founding partner, Spirit of '47 celebrates the power of the arts to bring peoples together, restating and reinforcing the aims of the first Festival in the context of today's world.

Fostering a space for in-depth conversations around culture that delve beyond the headlines, the season of talks and performances will take place in three venues across Edinburgh.



The full programme will be announced in May. In the meantime, you can book for the below events on the Edinburgh International Festival website.


Benjamin Clementine 

+ special guests 

Thursday 10 August, 7.30pm, Festival Theatre

Benjamin Clementine famously honed his skills as a homeless busker on the streets of Paris – and has since been championed by Sir Paul McCartney and David Byrne.

In this concert he is joined by special guests for an evening of beautiful music across international cultures.

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Anoushka Shankar 

+ special guest Faiz Ali Faiz

Wednesday 16 August 2017, 7.30pm, Usher Hall

Queen of the sitar Anoushka Shankar performs works from her new album, Land of Gold, created in response to the humanitarian plight of refugees. 

She is joined by Qawwali legend from Pakistan Faiz Ali Faiz.

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Martin Creed's Words and Music

4 - 27 August, 10.30pm, The Studio

Artist, musician and Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed invites you to a delightfully nonconformist evening of words, music and more, as he takes up residence for the 2017 International Festival.

Expect an extraordinary encounter between artist and audience, a bit contemporary music hall, a bit art lecture, shot through with Creed’s renowned wit and absurdity, and delivered in his own highly original style. 

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For Spirit of '47 programme updates, and to book tickets, visit https://www.eif.co.uk/spiritof47