Spirit of '47 at Edinburgh International Festival

In 1947, the British Council was a founding partner of the first ever Edinburgh International Festival. We shared a belief in the power of the arts and culture to change the world and to act as a beacon of hope and reconciliation in a divided continent. 70 years on, the British Council is once again teaming up with Edinburgh International Festival to mark this founding partnership, reignite the Spirit of ’47 and celebrate international cultural collaboration.

Music highlights include Anoushka Shankar with Faiz Ali Faiz, Benjamin Clementine with special guests, and the New European Songbook – a unique event across two evenings bringing together established European musicians with artists from further afield, who have made Europe their home.

In collaboration with BBC Arts Digital, highlights of the programme will also be available live and on demand for a global audience online.

To view the full programme and book tickets, please visit the Edinburgh International Festival website.

For updates on Twitter and Instagram, follow #Spiritof47.


New European Songbook

In a two-part programme taking place across two evenings, this rich collection of brand new songs is performed live for the first time, each part featuring a unique bill of artists, presented by BBC Radio 3's Sarah Walker. European musicians will be joined by artists celebrated in the homelands who have recently travelled to Europe. They will create new musical dialogues, showcasing the diverse cultural and musical talents within a continent in flux.

Artists include the UK’s Matthew Herbert and Karine Polwart, Conchita Wurst collaborating with Austrian-based Syrian trio Basalt, Fado singer Carolina and composer Shalan Alhamwy with soprano Rasha Rizk.

The New European Songbook is a major creative collaboration between European broadcasters, and events will be live-streamed by BBC Arts Digital and recorded for broadcast through an initiative of the European Broadcasting Union, supported by BBC Arts Digital and BBC Radio 3.


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