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BBC – Festival Tales: Edinburgh at 70 (2017)

BBC Festival Tales Edinburgh at 70

Jack Whitehall presents a documentary that celebrates 70 years of one of the greatest arts festivals in the world – from the idealism of its glorious beginnings in 1947, when the Edinburgh Festival was conceived as a ‘bond of reunion in a disintegrated world’, part of a healing process in the aftermath of the Second World War, to the birth of the Fringe the same year and the creative anarchy that it unleashed. Jack recalls the miraculous encounters between artists, musicians, writers and performers that Edinburgh has witnessed over the decades, and reflects on what the Edinburgh Festival has done for culture, both nationally and internationally. Featuring interviews with Sir Ian McKellen, Shappi Khorsandi, Stephen Fry, Claire Bloom, Michael Palin, Nicola Benedetti, Alan Cumming, Alexei Sayle and many more.

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