Edinburgh International Festival 2008

Posted on: 28 August 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Laurence Green reviews the highlights of August's Edinburgh Festival.

The Edinburgh International Festival, on until 31st August, has celebrated its 62nd anniversary this year with a truly eclectic mix of ballet, dance, drama, opera, music and poetry.

Founded in 1947 in the aftermath of a devastating war, as an optimistic expression of what Europe could be, it certainly fulfils that ambition in 2008. With the expansion of EU borders into Eastern Europe, artists are drawn from Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bosnia and Georgia, not to mention Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Palestine and Iran.

Click below for our reviews of the best Festival and Fringe productions:

Edinburgh International Festival 2008 - Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Edinburgh International Festival 2008 - The Two Widows

The Two Widows

Edinburgh International Festival 2008 - Nina Ananiashvili

The State Ballet of Georgia - Giselle and Mixed Bill

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008 - Traverse - Druid - The New Electric Ballroom - Val Lilley

The New Electric Ballroom

Edinburgh International Festival 2008 - Dybbuk


Edinburgh International Festival 2008 - The Tell-Tale Heart. Photo: Jeff Busby

The Tell-Tale Heart

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008 - Traverse - Deep Cut - Rhian Blythe - Jonesy - Toby Farrow

Deep Cut

Free Outgoing - Lolita Chakrabarti and Ravi Aujla. Photo: Marc Bremner

Free Outgoing

By Laurence Green

Web Links

www.eif.co.uk - Edinburgh International Festival website

www.traverse.co.uk - Traverse Theatre website (Fringe)

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