Edinburgh Art Festival 2014: experience music and poetry in arty environments with Festival Detours
Luke Wright, Meursault, Eilidh MacAskill and John Osborne prepare to perform in gallery settings
This article is from 2014.
Detours is a series of live shows by music, poetry and theatre artists taking place in galleries across the city. As part of Edinburgh Art Festival, it aims to bring a new audience to visual art by transforming the traditional gallery space.
This year there is a special focus on attracting all ages to the performances. 'For the first time we have programmed a live theatre performance for families and young people,' says Sorcha Carey, director of Edinburgh Art Festival. Eilidh MacAskill is collaborating with composer Greg Sinclair in an interactive piece at the City Art Centre which promises to straddle the line between visual art and theatre. The audience will participate as birds who cannot make it to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and Carey says she’ll be bringing her own son along to join in the fun.
Other highlights include a performance by master of spoken word Luke Wright, fresh from supporting legendary punk rocker-turned-poet John Cooper Clarke on his UK tour. Set against the backdrop of Counterpoint at the Talbot Gallery, an exhibition showcasing boundary-pushing contemporary artists, it promises to be a quirky and entertaining evening. Spoken word of a different sort is on offer with John Osborne, who'll be telling stories in the surroundings of Ross Sinclair's 20 Years of Real Life exhibition at Collective. For music fans, Edinburgh-based band Meursault will perform their unique folktronica sound in an intimate gig at New Media Scotland amid the Alt-w exhibition.
'The artists enjoy the opportunity to test out new materials and ideas and the audience not only gets to experience this live,' says Carey, 'but the performances also offer up new perspectives on the artworks or exhibition in which they take place.'
Various venues, 226 6558, 6, 12, 17 & 19 Aug, times vary, £4.