The International acts appearing at the 2013 Edinburgh Festivals

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 9 July 2013

This article is from 2013

The International acts appearing at the 2013 Edinburgh Festivals

Just 36 of the countries represented by acts appearing at the world's biggest arts festival

Each summer, Edinburgh becomes a temporary home to artists, actors, dancers, comedians, writers and musicians from all around the world. It’s no exaggeration to say that the city becomes a cultural global village between the end of July and beginning of September. Here’s our handy visual guide to the spread of nations represented across all of this year’s festivals. From Peruvian photographers to Scottish stand-ups and Welsh writers to Mongolian military bands, raise a glass to our festival league of nations

1 Argentina
Rodrigo Abd is a World Press Photo prizewinner (Politics)

2 Australia
David Quirk is a deadpan leftfield comic (Fringe)

3 Belarus
Vitaly Friedman co-founded Smashing Magazine (Turing)

4 Canada
Stand-up Tom Stade is now permanently ensconced in the city of Edinburgh (Fringe)

5 China
Beijing People’s Art Theatre’s The Tragedy of Coriolanus has live support from two of the country’s top heavy metal bands (International)

6 Chile
Teatrocinema’s Histoire d’amour is a chilling tale of obsessive love (International)

7 Cyprus
Hussein Chalayan is two-time British Designer of the Year (Fashion)

8 England
Former Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Russell Kane is an Essex boy made good (Fringe)

9 Estonia
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir sing Rachmaninov, Kreek, Schnittke and Pärt (International)

10 Finland
Antti Tuomainen has given Helsinki a new twist with his award-winning crime novels (Books)

11 France
Soprano Véronique Gens sings Fauré, Duparc, Debussy, Chausson and Hahn (International)

12 Ghana
Kakatsitsi play with The Orb at Leith Links (Mela)

13 Greece
Despina Nissiriou’s work is part of Staple Matter at Patriothall Gallery (Art)

14 Haiti
Dany Laferrière fled his homeland at the age of 23 (Books)

15 India
Mukesh Kapila fought against genocide in Darfur (Books)

16 Ireland
Rubberbandits are big back home and massive on the internet (Fringe)

17 Italy
Niccolò Ammaniti’s new novel features human-eating hippos and Satanic cults (Books)

18 Iraq
Abbas Khider has debuted with The Village Indian (Books)

19 Israel
Eyal Weizman is a stern critic of his country’s occupation policy (Books)

20 Japan
Physical comedic duo Gamarjobat prepare to properly Rock Out! (Fringe)

21 South Korea
Hyung Su Kim explores new artistic expressions in public spaces with Media Skins (International)

22 Mongolia
Musicians from their armed forces make a debut trip (Tattoo)

23 Netherlands
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform Mahler’s Symphony No 9 (International)

24 New Zealand
Eleanor Catton launches her second novel, The Luminaries (Books)

25 Norway
Haftor Medbøe is now a mainstay in the Scottish jazz scene (Jazz)

26 Northern Ireland
Costa winner Maggie O’Farrell has lived everywhere in the UK but was born in Coleraine (Books)

27 Peru
Mario Testino’s work is part of Coming into Fashion (Art)

28 Portugal
Ângela Ferreira’s Political Cameras is at Stills (Art)

29 Russia
Russian National Orchestra do Rachmaninov, Glazunov and Scriabin (International)

30 Scotland
Daniel Sloss, the half-Fifer, half-Viking rising comedy legend (Fringe)

31 Somalia
Nadifa Mohamed wrote The Orchard of Lost Souls (Books)

32 South Africa
Deon Meyer is a bestselling crime writer back home (Books)

33 Spain
Flamenco Global take their dancing worldwide (Fringe)

34 Sweden
Maj Sjöwall kickstarted the Nordic noir phenomenon in the 60s (Books)

35 Switzerland
Inspired by the words of James Kelman and Irvine Welsh, Pedro Lenz won the Berne Literature Prize for Not Much of a Talker (Books)

36 Ukraine
Andrey Kurkov has written time-travelling novel The Gardener from Ochakov (Books)

37 USA
Larkin Poe are a folk-rock band fronted by the Lovell Sisters (Fringe By The Sea)

38 Wales
Former Catatonia songstress Cerys Matthews believes everyone has a song in their heart (Books)

39 Zimbabwe
Bawren Tavaziva dances about one of the seven deadly sins in Greed (Fringe)