University unveiled as Festival Partner

The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Festival are strengthening their ties with more collaborations than ever before in this year’s programme.

As the Festival’s new official University Partner, the University will add a range of attractions - from classical harpsichords to cutting edge computer technology - to the three-week celebration of the arts.

The University is delighted to broaden and deepen its relationship with the Edinburgh International Festival. As the official University Partner we look forward to contributing to what is one of the world’s great celebrations of the arts.

Professor Dorothy MiellVice Principal and Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science

Art and technology

The interaction between artists and technologies is a theme that runs through many of the events involving the University.

The University is ranked 11th in the world for arts and humanities and is one of the top five universities in the UK for science and engineering.

This year’s programme reflects the cultural and intellectual synergies between our two organisations. The Edinburgh International Festival looks forward to developing the collaboration further in future years.

Jonathan MillsFestival Director and Chief Executive

More events than ever

This year’s events include:

  • The University’s Talbot Rice Gallery will host the first Scottish exhibition of works by the renowned Korean artist Nam June Paik.
  • The Informatics department has contributed to the development of Leaving Planet Earth, a new work by Grid Iron Theatre receiving its world premiere at this year’s festival.
  • Christophe Rousset, the celebrated French harpsichordist, will perform on several of the University’s harpsichords from the St Cecilia’s museum (22-23 August), including a concert on a rare instrument at the Queens Hall (21 August).
  • Inspace, part of the Informatics Forum, will host five performances from renown cellist Peter Gregson (19-24 August) and screen four films from New York experimental theatre group The Wooster Group’s archive (10-13 August).
  • On the theme of Art and Technology the University will hold three events at The Hub (29-30 August) and stage three workshops in the Edinburgh College of Art sculpture court (28-30 August).
  • Jon Oberlander, Professor of Epistemics, will present the opening event at the 2013 talks series, Interfaces (10 August).
  • Cybraphon, the autonomous emotional robot band, joins the permanent collection of National Museums Scotland. Cybraphon was developed by the FOUND art collective with support from the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences and New Media Scotland. Co-creator of Cybraphon, Professor Simon Kirby, will join Alison Taubaum of National Museums Scotland and Mark Daniels of New Media Scotland in a panel event to welcome it to its new home (21 August).
  • John Kitchen, senior lecturer at the Reid School of Music, will give a lecture and demonstrate the power of the Usher Hall organ (22 August).

Book tickets

Tickets go on sale for Festival Friends and Patrons on 13 March and to the public on 23 March.

They can be booked online at the Edinburgh International Festival website (link below) or via Hub Tickets on +44 (0)131 473 2000.

The Festival begins 9 August.