Edinburgh International Festival programme mixes old and new

Leonardo's da Vinci's anatomical work Leonardo da Vinci's work will be combined with modern technology

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A mix of old and new will take centre stage at this year's Edinburgh International Festival.

The programme for the event has been unveiled by director Jonathan Mills.

The attractions will include Beethoven being played in a spaceship and Leonardo da Vinci's drawings being combined with modern technology.

The festival, which runs from 9 August to 1 September, showcases global talent in theatre, dance, music, opera and the visual arts.

The programme will include an orchestral work created using sound files supplied by by the public.

Public art created in the city by using special lighting technology.

Beethoven's opera Fidelio will be set on a spaceship in a production by media artist Gary Hill, while da Vinci's groundbreaking anatomical drawings will be shown alongside the very latest medical imagery in The Mechanics of Man.

Award-winning Scottish theatre company Grid Iron has a new, interactive performance which will lead the audience to an "out of this world" location on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

'Rich culture'

Korean American visual artist Nam June Paik will make his Scottish debut, 50 years after his first solo exhibition, and Scottish Ballet will return to the Festival Theatre with a four-day dance festival.

Launching the programme, Mr Mills said: "It is the role of artists to think differently, to offer us provocations and inspiring contrasts to our everyday lives.

"Artists' innovation in everyday materials has played a key role in the evolution of artistic techniques and thinking, and of how we experience the world.

"We celebrate this interaction through historical as well as contemporary work."

External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf said: "This year's programme presents a range of vibrant and exciting opportunities for everyone to engage in the very best that the arts have to offer, right here in Scotland.

"The Edinburgh International Festival brings together exceptionally talented international artists, helping to celebrate and promote Scotland's rich culture and heritage on the world stage, and supporting Scotland's economy."

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