Summer in the City – festival-less Edinburgh

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Date(s) - 08/08/2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Join us for a virtual guided tour of Edinburgh’s summer festival places and spaces:

· Saturday 8th August 10.00 am

· Monday 10th August 6.30 pm

In response to current times, this August, we are delighted to be offering a virtual guided Edinburgh festivals’ places and spaces tour which we would like you to join. Our intention is to remember and celebrate the places and spaces of the summer festivals and create a map of memories and experiences. The tour will be held on Zoom using Google Streetview and it will take approximately 90 minutes. We will encourage you to share your summer festival stories experiences and memories.

We hope you can join us and contribute to our map of Edinburgh festival memories and experiences. We will share the map with all participants so you can retrace the walk in your own time.

Why is this tour taking place?

For the first time since 1947, there will be no summer festivals in Edinburgh. We are intrigued to find out how will the world’s leading festival city look and feel this August without its millions of festival goers, busy city centre, colourful streets, and festival atmosphere. In the city centre, roads, public spaces, venues, hotels, and local businesses are likely to feel very different to previous years. Our tour will reflect upon this by visiting places and spaces of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, International Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival, Military Tattoo, International Book Festival, and Art Festival, amongst others.

The tour is FREE of charge, but please sign-up in advance via Eventbrite.

What happens next after booking?

• You will receive a confirmation of your place;

• Before the tour, you will be provided with a map of the area we will be covering;

• You will be invited to send photographs or stories to share about your own festival experiences and memories;

• During the tour, there will be opportunities for participants to tell their festival stories

Who is devising this?

This tour has been co-designed by Louise Todd, Associate Professor in Festival and Event Management, Edinburgh Napier University, who is one of Scotland’s leading researchers of festival experiences; and Andrew Stuck, Walking Creative (TM), and Founding Director of the Museum of Walking.

Image: The High Street during the Fringe (credit David Monteith-Hodge)

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