Detours series of live events a 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

Series of intimate live performances blurring the lines between different artforms


This article is from 2013.

Detours series of live events a 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival

Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison / Photo: Stuart Armitt

Detours is a series of intimate live performances, running as part of Edinburgh Art Festival and offering events which dip in and out of different genres, blurring the lines between different art forms for both artist and audience.

'I think the opportunity to experience visual art alongside other art forms will inevitably open up different perspectives,' says Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival. 'I wanted our programme to give artists and audiences the opportunity to do something they wouldn't normally do.'

Exploring how different genres can both conflict and complement, highlights include Billy Letford – poet and roofer – performing in the Conde Nast 'Coming Into Fashion' show at City Art Centre ('He's a very Scottish voice and the chance to hear him perform amidst the glamour of fashion shoots makes for an interesting contrast', according to Carey). Meanwhile, Roddy Woomble's set at the Dovecot Studios' 'Following the Thread' exhibition showcases the balancing nature of two seemingly different art forms: contemporary folk and contemporary art coming together in an unexpected place.

Children are encouraged to embrace the concept as well, with family-friendly art and music workshops and EAF Explorers – a trail throughout the festival designed for kids to explore the city's main art galleries, picking up treats along the way.

‘I hope the audiences will come away feeling that they have been opened up to something new,’ adds Carey, ‘having experienced the gallery spaces in a way they don’t normally see.’

Festival Detours times, venues and dates vary until 24 Aug

This article is from 2013.

Billy Letford

Poet Billy Letford, winner of the New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, combines experimental structure with ordinary speech. Here, as part of Festival Detours, his vocal work accompanies the exhibition Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast.


Fusing Persian arrangements with contemporary electronica, jazz and world music, GOL present a one-off performance within the Nam June Paik Resounds exhibition as part of Festival Detours.

Roddy Woomble

Idlewild's lead singer has established a formidable back catalogue of solo work featuring contemporary folk. Here, as part of Festival Detours, he performs an acoustic set in response to the exhibition From Fleece to Fibre.

Cloud Mushrooms

Contemporary dance choreographer and performer Louis Ahl performs with Fritz Welch in piece where they claim to 'dance like snakes on a legless sunrise'.


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