Edinburgh Festival is 70 this year, started in 1947 as a beacon in post-war Europe to provide a â€œflowering of the human spiritâ€.
How apt, then, that the opening event this evening is a magical large-scale epic spectacle called Bloom, which will burst into life at 10pm in St Andrew Square gardens, filling the whole area with movement, colour, lights and sound.
The projections from award winning company 59 Productions will be across three sides of the square, and people will be encouraged to walk around the area to appreciate different parts of the installation.
The event will run from 10pm till midnight on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th with a recommended viewing time of about 20 minutes. The event is free and ticketed, but non-ticket holders will have a chance to queue for the event, to enter the area after 10.30pm on a first come first through basis, subject to capacity.
Sponsored by Standard Life, whose offices are on St Andrew Square, this promises to be a spectacular start to a very special Festival.
Lothian Life arts contributors, Ros MacKenzie and Christine Richard, will be reviewing their choices of events throughout the festival … watch this space!
Photo Credit Eoin Carey