03 April, 2009

Anatomy of a Festival: Photo Gallery

Aaron Sillis warming up for a performance of Dorian Gray. Photo: Caroline Douglas.

Performances are the wonderful tip of the iceberg of all the hard work needed to stage a Festival, and are what make it all worthwhile.

Artists spend much of their time in Edinburgh rehearsing in venues or school halls, gyms and other incongruous settings. Technical, production, artist liaison and stage management staff work hard to ensure stages, costumes, lights and instruments are ready both for rehearsals and performances. Local people can become Festival celebrities for a moment and share the plaudits and attention with our international artists. And sometimes there are even moments of stillness and respite from the hectic pace of the Festival and the city.

Last year photographer Caroline Douglas spent three weeks working around the clock, running across the city capturing on film the essence of the 2008 Edinburgh International Festival. This selection of images offers a glimpse under the skin of the Festival and of its very bones.

To view the photo gallery, click here

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