The British Council was a founding partner of the first Edinburgh International Festival in 1947. We came together around a shared belief in the power of arts and culture to encourage a more generous understanding of humanity. Now, in the run-up to its 75th anniversary in 2022, the International Festival, along with us and other creative partners, is inviting audiences to consider what local, national and international citizenship might mean in the 21st century.

Through a dedicated programme strand entitled You Are Here, artists from Scotland, the rest of the UK, Nigeria, Canada, Mali, Lebanon and beyond will give voice to ideas that offer unique and truly global perspectives on questions affecting our lives and our communities. The International Festival will harness this extraordinary assembly through a programme of theatre, dance, music, readings, discussions and celebrations that will enable audiences and artists to travel further, delve deeper and consider the role of the arts in our lives. Behind the scenes, You Are Here also offers professional opportunities to artists and producers from Scotland and around the world.

You Are Here is a strategic partnership with the British Council, the University of Edinburgh Futures Institute and Fuel.

You Are Here has been made possible through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government — through Creative Scotland — the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals

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