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  1. Thanks for watching!

    Part Two of New European Songbook is now available on the player above. And you can browse all our video coverage of the Spirit of '47 events here.

  2. Get ready for New European Songbook

    We'll be live from Edinburgh again at 7pm for the second New European Songbook concert. Performing tonight are:

    • Karine Polwart (UK) & Naa Densua Tordzro (Ghana)
    • Shalan Alhamwy & Rasha Rizk (Syria)
    • Scilla Hess (Switzerland) & Markelian Kapedani (Albania)
    • Plus special guest Maya Youssef (Syria)

    To get you in the mood, here's Egyptian sensation Remy Essam performing at last night's show:

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    Video caption: The Egyptian rock musician performs at the New European Songbook concert in Edinburgh.
  3. That's all for tonight, folks

    Join us tomorrow for more coverage from Spirit of '47, including a live stream of the second New European Songbook concert. In the meantime, catch up on highlights from the week's coverage on the player above or browse our full selection of videos.

  4. Stand by for Martin Creed

    The Words and Music show will be starting shortly - press the play icon above. Expect the unexpected - and some strong language!

  5. Thanks for watching

    Hope you enjoyed the show! New European Songbook will be available to watch on demand soon, and we'll be back at 10.30pm for Martin Creed's Words and Music.

  6. New European Songbook is live now

    Click the play icon above to watch the stream - and enjoy the show!

  7. Get ready for two live streams tonight

    We're bringing you two live feeds from the Festival Theatre Studio in Edinburgh tonight.

    At 19:00 it's the first of two New European Songbook concerts, featuring Matthew Herbert (UK) collaborating with Arian Sadr (Iran); Carolina (Portugal) working with Demian Cabaud (Argentina); an exclusive music video, plus filmed introduction by Conchita Wurst (Austria) and Basalt (Syria); plus special guest Ramy Essam (Egypt).

    Then at 22:30 we're back for Martin Creed's Words and Music. Expect an extraordinary encounter between artist and audience, a bit contemporary music hall, a bit art lecture, shot through with Creed’s renowned wit and absurdity, and delivered in his own highly original style.


    You can now watch three extracts from this week's extraordinary play, MINEFIELD, about the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas conflict. Six Argentine and British veterans from both sides come together for this remarkable show exploring the treacherous minefield of their memories, through theatre, film and live rock music. Get a taste via the player above, and click here to see more video.

  9. Drainage Alley

    Catch up on highlights of Thursday's Royal Court New and Now performance on the player above. Directed by John Tiffany, this story of a quiet alleyway in Havana explores Cuba poised on the cusp of opening up to the world. Click here to discover more.

  10. Arts in the Aftermath of Conflict

    Wednesday afternoon's discussion from Edinburgh is now available to watch on the player above. Harriet Lamb, CEO of International Alert; artist Willie Doherty, twice shortlisted for the Turner Prize; Lebanese theatremaker Maya Zbib; and Esa Aldegheri, Chair of City of Sanctuary Edinburgh discussed the role of artists in post-war contexts.

  11. Ghalia's Miles

    Wednesday morning's Royal Court New and Now performance was Ghalia's Miles. Fleeing Lebanon in the hope of building a new life in Europe, Ghalia makes an extraordinary journey through the Middle East. Watch an extract in the player above, and see more here.

  12. Bad Roads

    Use the player above to watch a clip from Tuesday's performance of Bad Roads - a harrowing and bitterly funny new play about Ukraine at war, seen through the eyes of the women fighting, reporting and enduring the conflict. Part of the Royal Court New and Now series.

  13. Cultural Connections

    If you missed our live stream earlier, you can now watch the complete Cultural Connections event using the player above. The EIF's Fergus Linehan and the British Council's Graham Sheffield discussed the roots of the Edinburgh International Festival, and its role today, with Hannah McGill.

  14. Thanks for watching

    The Cultural Connections event will be available to watch on demand, right here, later today.

  15. We are live!

    Click the play icon above to watch the Cultural Connections event live from the Festival Theatre Studio in Edinburgh.

  16. Coming up: Cultural Connections

    The first of our live streams starts at 13:00 today. Watch Fergus Linehan, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, and Graham Sheffield, Director Arts of the British Council, discuss global citizenship and culture as a connecting spark in a session chaired by Hannah McGill.

  17. Welcome to Spirit of '47

    Join us from Monday 7 August for online coverage of Spirit of '47, the 70th anniversary collaboration between the British Council and the Edinburgh International Festival.

    Artists from Scotland, England, USA, Ukraine, Lebanon, Cuba, China, Jamaica, Palestine, Chile, Argentina, Syria, Portugal, Germany, Iran, Pakistan, India and many more come together for 11 days of electrifying performance, music and discussion in the Scottish capital.

    The line-up includes brand new plays from the Royal Court, Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed, award-winning theatre from Argentina and Iran, and music from huge international names including Benjamin Clementine, Anoushka Shankar, Matthew Herbert, Karine Polwart, Conchita Wurst, Ramy Essam, and many more.

    In 1947, the British Council helped to found the first Edinburgh International Festival with a shared belief that arts could change the world and help the reconciliation of a divided continent. 70 years on, Spirit of ’47 celebrates the power of international collaboration in today's world.

    Find out more about the events, and how to get tickets, here; and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Spiritof47.