Contesting the Spirit of Unity 16 août 2017 11:00-16 août 2017 12:15 Festival The Studio, Potterrow EH8 9BL Edinburgh International Festival
Conductor Bruno Walter said that the first Edinburgh International Festival was a ‘magnificent’ experience, which ‘renewed human relations’ after the war. But not everyone felt included. For some years Glasgow Unity Theatre – led by a former factory shop steward – had been discovering working-class talent and presenting popular, professional theatre. But International Festival director Rudolf Bing thought Scottish work unlikely to meet his standards; and making the International Festival accessible to a wide social range of ‘local visitors’ was not a consideration. Glasgow Unity came anyway but had to perform, selffunded, on what later became ‘the Fringe’.
This event – in the form of readings and a panel discussion – examines the origin of the ‘culture wars’, an underappreciated part of the development of Edinburgh as a Festival City.
Supported by Edinburgh Trades Union Council and Scottish Trade Unions
Part of the Edinburgh International Festival and British Councill season Spirit of ’47