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Edinburgh International Festival 2011 adopts “Asia” theme (Aug. 12 to Sept. 4, 2011)
 
This prestigious international festival held annually in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh presents a program of opera, music, theater, dance and fine arts. Its 65th edition in 2011 features a program that focuses on Asia, with about 140 events presenting traditional and contemporary Asian arts scheduled to be held at eleven venues around the city of Edinburgh.
The music program features performances of traditional Asian music by Indonesia’s Royal Yogyakrata Gamelan troupe, the sitar musician Ravi Shankar, sarod musician Amjad Ali Khan and others. There is a diverse lineup of classical music performances by Asian musicians, including Chinese guitarist Xeufei Yang, Singapore’s Tang Quartet, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Chung Myung-Whun and the rising you Chinese pianist Yundi among others. Also, Canada’s Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Britain’s Arditti Quartet will perform contemporary music by the Japanese composers Toru Takemitsu and Toshio Hosokawa.
On the theater program, there is a world premiere of an international joint production with Japanese and American actors performing a play based of novelist Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-up Bird Chronicles directed by video artist Stephen Earnhart and using video technology. From Japan, photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto has been invited to give an exhibition of his work. The opera, theater and dance programs are as follows.
Opera
- Royal Scottish National Orchestra (UK) performing Thaïs
- Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe (China) performing The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan
- Vlaamse Opera (Germany) performing Semiramide
- Mariinsky Opera (Russia) performing Die Frau ohne Schatten
Theater
- Mokwha Repertory Company (S. Korea) performing its European premiere of The Tempest
- Contemporary Legend Theater (Taiwan) performing King Lear
- Stephen Earnhart directing the world premiere of a USA-Japan production based on Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-up Bird Chronicles
- Tim Supple directing the European premiere of One Thousand and One Nights
Dance
- National Ballet of China and National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra (China) performing the European premiere of The Peony Pavilion
- Eun-Me Ahn Company (S. Korea) performing Princess Bari
- Royal Scottish National Orchestra (UK) performing Scottish Ballet
- Nrityagram Dance Ensemble (India) performing ?riyah
- Shen Wei Dance Arts (New York-based Chinese choreographer) presenting Re-Triptych
- Ea Sola (France-based Vietnamese choreographer) presenting 2011 version of Drought and Rain

Festival Outline
The Edinburgh International Festival is a performing arts festival held over a period of three weeks in August each year in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. The Festival was founded in 1947 with the aim of providing “a platform for the flowering of the human spirit.” Its programs cover the fields of classical music, theatre, opera, dance and visual art. Since 2007, the Festival Director and Chief Executive is Australian Jonathan Mills, who also has experience at the Melbourne Festival.
Five festivals are held concurrently in Edinburgh in August, the Festival Fringe, International Film Festival, the International Book Festival, the Jazz & Blues Festival and the Military Tattoo, and they have come to be called collectively the “Edinburgh Festival” today.
Since 1997, the International Festival and the Festival Fringe are used to present the “Edinburgh Showcase” every other year that specializes in introducing British works to the domestic and international audience. From the large number of fringe works, the British Council selects about 30 works for performances, thus serving as a platform for international performing arts presenters and professionals to view British works.
+Edinburgh International Festival
http://www.eif.co.uk/
+Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Aug. 5 – 29, 2011)
http://www.edfringe.com/
+Edinburgh Showcase (Aug. 22 – 27, 2011)
http://edinburghshowcase.britishcouncil.org/
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