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Edinburgh Festivals archival film footage

Edinburgh Festivals archival film footage
Edinburgh Festivals archival film footage
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals this year, this unique exhibition on Capital Collections features archive film footage from the early years of the festival. The archive footage is BBC Copyright and is available to view for a limited time only.

The film clips show a 1960s Edinburgh in black and white, but alive with activity and excitement for festival shows and performers. View the hustle and bustle of festival preparations, residents and tourists, and famous faces including Marlene Dietrich arriving at Edinburgh Airport, Tom Courtenay performing Hamlet and Yehudi Menuhin receiving the freedom of Edinburgh.

Commentators reflect on the effects the festival’s first twenty years have had on the city and its citizens, its “cosmopolitanisation” and its new-found “creature comforts”, claiming a new status for Edinburgh as one of Europe’s cultural capitals.

This online exhibition of short film clips will be available to view until the end of August 2022. In true Festival spirit, catch it while you can!

This exhibition is part of a wider project in collaboration with the British Library and the Living Knowledge Network of libraries on the theme of Breaking the News. We’re grateful to the BBC for supporting the project and allowing us to host the film footage here on Capital Collections.