The Edinburgh International Festival 2017 launches with a spectacular light show

EIF 2017 BloomTo celebrate the launch of the 70th Edinburgh International Festival St Andrews Square will bloom into glorious life with a light and sound show.

The EIF runs from the 4th to 28th August and tonight the city will be lit up as part of ‘Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom’, an epic outdoor spectacle of light and sound, transforming the buildings of St Andrews Square into a 360 degree canvas.

I was lucky enough to see a preview of tonight’s show and this is my sketch from within St Andrews Square.

The show runs from 10pm until midnight and although early access tickets are now sold out for the two day event (tonight and tomorrow night) you can still queue to gain access via George Street from 10.30pm until midnight.

It looks set to be a magical experience, I just hope the rain stops before the performance, although I’m sure puddle reflections will make it even more beautiful!

The Edinburgh International Festival website

2 thoughts on “The Edinburgh International Festival 2017 launches with a spectacular light show”

  1. Hello Marie
    Yes I have drawn both Arthurs Seat and St Giles Cathedral in the past. You can search for a particular word on my home page and most of my drawings are available as prints. Alternatively you can commission your own specific location sketch from just £65. Email me at for more information.
    Mark. ES

  2. Hello,
    I really like your drawing. It’s beautiful!!
    Have you already drawn Arthur Seat and the Saint Giles Cathedral?

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