The Edinburgh Festival goes out with a bang this weekend. Of course, there’s the fireworks on Sunday evening, but there’s also the Edinburgh Mela and the last of the International Festival performances.
Three Canzonettas by Haydn, set to words by London writer Anne Hunter, set the mood of countertenor Andreas Scholl’s recital with pianist Tamar Halperin at the Queen’s hall yesterday. Although his English pronunciation wasn’t spot-on in this first set, the gentle tenderness of Scholl’s approach to his subject matter was one which weaved its way through the all-German backbone of his programme.
The adage about Scottish weather could easily be applied to José Montalvo’s latest show. Because if you don’t like the dance style being performed on stage –wait five minutes and it will change. Between them, the eleven dancers in Don Quichotte du Trocadéro are proficient in classical ballet, flamenco, contemporary, tap dance, African and several shades of hip hop.
Quantum Physics as a means of not only understanding the world we live in but as a form of comfort when life doesn’t treat us well is one of the principles behind this thought provoking fusion of science, music and theatre. The other is that knowledge is less important than wonder. We shouldn’t expect to understand everything. Nothing is certain.
The festival fireworks are always a spectacular finale to the world’s largest arts gathering, writes Ray Philp
The annual Edinburgh Mela rounds off August’s festivities with a multi-cultural explosion of music, dance, fashion and food. Milo McLaughlin offers a comprehensive guide to this year’s event.
Just as Cervantes’ hero mixed up dreams and reality, José Montalvo blends genres old and new to put the Man of La Mancha on the Paris Metro, finds Kelly Apter
Whisky lovers at the Edinburgh Festival are not short on options for enjoying their favourite tipple, with the Old Town crammed full of specialist bars and shops dedicated to Scotland’s national drink. But if you want to get a sense of where a fine single malt comes from, we have the competition for you.
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