Isn’t it just human nature to mark the beginning and end of events with drinks, big bangs and colourful lights?
Friday night saw the opening show of the Edinburgh International Festival, a projection mapping performanceset to the music of John Adams, that used Usher Hall as its canvas. The Harmonium Project commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, with visual effects created by a troupe of artists from 59 Productions.
It was pretty awesome to huddle up with about 19,000 (!) other people on Festival Square and watch the familiar building explode with light.
Leaving the square was even more fun, I’ve never seen this big a crowd move around the streets of Edinburgh at once. To be honest it was a bit of a chaos, but we waded through the masses quickly and walked home in the warm(ish) summer night.
The Boy took lots of pictures of the light show (all the above are his too), but you can only really appreciate these effects on video, so here’s the official cut-up, to give you an idea:
The weather finally turned, if only for two days or so. The first real summer’s night we had was on Thursday, a real treat as we were headed over to Glasgow to watch From Scotland With Love, a film made up of archive footage, set to King Creosote’s score.
It was the setting that made the occasion really special, the Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre was just done up this last year, and the screening began just as the last rays of sun hit the tops of the West End’s trees.
Lots of casual red lipstick, plastic cups of cider on ice and many easy laughs were the norm as the good few thousand strong crowd sat on the shiny new benches, enjoying the support band, and waiting for the film to begin to roll.
It felt great to be outdoors after dark, have so many happy people around, breathe in the night air and to sit there with my Boy, holding hands, taking in glimpses of a hundred years’ worth of footage from Scotland’s every nook and cranny.
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While the Boy went off to Iceland with his mates for a week, I tried a few new things. Like cycling to work for instance. Or setting up this blog. I also went back to some of my old ways, the rut I was used to before we moved in — he’s been away before, but only for a day here and there, so this time old habits really had some time to kick back in. Read on »
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