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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

The low lying sun this afternoon in St Andrew Square Gardens, Edinburgh

StAdrewSq_SunshineThe sun was too bright to make out the top of the Melville Monument in St Andrew Square Gardens this afternoon.


It was a beautiful day in Edinburgh today, the skies blue and the sunshine strong. Between meeetings I was lucky enough to have my lunch sitting on the grass in Edinburgh’s city centre.


Let’s hope we have plenty more of these sunshine days as we head into autumn.


My sketch was drawn in biro, with a quick watercolour wash over the top.

Social in St Andrews Square

SocialInTheSquare_2Edinburgh’s festival of social enterprise, the first in Scotland was a roaring success, showing off Edinburgh’s social enterprises in a glorious setting.


It may be hard to remember the sunshine and clear blue skies of Saturday now we seem to be stuck in a week long cloud, but for anyone who was in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh on either Friday or Saturday you will have seen some great weather for Social in the Square.


With fun activities for children and adults, music and dance, delicious food and beautiful products to buy, the park had a carnival feel as folk just passing through decided to stop, have a look around and soak up the atmosphere.


These are my sketches from the day, the top on is the Remade in Edinburgh stall, follow the link below to find out more about that great organisation. The far bottom one I drew on one of the official flyers in my toddlers felt tips, reverting to my ‘draw on anything with anything’ mantra!



The Lion of Scotland, in St Andrews Square Edinburgh

StAndrewsSq_LionThe sculpted lion of St Andrews Square looks splendid in the Edinburgh sunshine.

I love this beautiful sculpture by Ronald Rae which lies in the city centre grassland. Carved with hand tools only from Aberdeenshire pink Corrennie granite, the charming animal is a firm favourite of visitors and residents of Edinburgh. I remember first seeing the mighty piece of art outside the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, near Arthur’s Seat, which itself looks a lot like a crouching lion. The ‘Lion of Scotland’ sculpture moved to St Andrews Square in 2010.


Until now I was unaware that the lion is for sale, currently on loan to Essential Edinburgh and not a permanent feature of Edinburgh. Let’s hope this can change at some point as to me, and many others it is an Edinburgh landmark.


Ronald Rae website




Weeeeee! The Star Flyer in Edinburgh’s Christmas

StarFlyerThis is the closest I have so far been to the new for Christmas 2013 ‘Star Flyer’ ride currently spinning thrill seekers high above the Edinburgh skyline in St Andrews Square.


Standing beneath the almost 60 metre high tower I imagine the view of the city must be truly unique. One I have yet to witness, but there is still time as the attraction will be up until the 5th January.


Have you been brave enough and if so what did you think, worth the £7.50 ticket?