• Edinburgh International Festival

Our 75th Festival opens with a joyful celebration of Australian and Scottish culture in this fusion of circus, dance and music.

When was the last time you felt the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? When did you last hear that collective intake of breath from a crowd? Or feel that electric moment of silence before the applause begins? When did you last see something truly awe-inspiring?

Hailing from Adelaide, Australia, award-winning contemporary circus powerhouse Gravity & Other Myths and critically acclaimed Australian First Nations dance-theatre sensations Djuki Mala will open the 2022 International Festival with this glorious free opening night event.

In MACRO, a 30-strong troupe team up with the NYCOS choir for a stunning performance. There will be music, projections, drums and a spectacular light display. Expect a heart-in-mouth display of skill, daring and superhuman coordination.

A co-production with Adelaide Festival, the show features a cross-cultural musical collaboration between Djuki Mala, with their unique fusion of traditional dance, pop culture and storytelling, and five revered Celtic musicians including Aidan ORourke (fiddle), Kathleen MacInnes (vocals) and Brghde Chaimbeul (pipes).

Join this inspirational community of performers in a celebration like no other as we kick off our 75th anniversary year in spectacular style. You wont believe your eyes.

Supported by

EventScotland and Scottish Government's Platforms for Creative Excellence Resilience Fund

Supported by

Part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22, a joint initiative of the British Council and Australian Governments Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, supported by the Australian Government through the International Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund, the British Council and the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia

In collaboration with Scottish Rugby

Gravity & Other Myths

Djuki Mala

Darcy Grant Director

Josh Bond Associate Director

Geoff Cobham Designer

Matthew Adey Designer/Production Manager

Ekrem Eli Phoenix Co-Composer & Musical Director

Aidan ORourke Co-composer

Christie Anderson Conductor

National Youth Choir of Scotland

Aidan ORourke, Lauren MacColl Fiddle

Kathleen MacInnes, Ekrem Eli Phoenix Vocals

Brighde Chaimbeul Pipes

MACRO was supported by Arts South Australia, the Office for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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