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Edinburgh Festival 1949

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Edinburgh Festival 1949
Edinburgh Festival 1949
In 1947, following the devastation of World War Two, the International Festival of Music and Drama in Edinburgh aimed to unite people through a shared experience of art and culture, to "provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit". The city staged a major international cultural event, showcasing first-rate performances of classical music, dance, opera and theatre.

This set of promotional black and white photos are dated from 1949, when the Edinburgh Festival was still in its infancy. Since this time, the original festival has grown and flourished and spawned and inspired other festivals held during August and throughout the year.

Seventy years later, Edinburgh continues to welcome the world to the greatest arts festival.