In the Scottish limelight
Every year in August, the Edinburgh International Festival and its accompanying events draw stellar performers in music, theatre, opera and dance. Leading the Québec @ Edinburgh 2015 showcase was theatrical visionary Robert Lepage with the European premiere of his new show, 887.
Many other Québec-based performers and artists also made the trip to Scotland. Patin Libre and Infinitheatre were there to present a show at The Fringe. Jason Beck a.k.a. Chilly Gonzales and the Kaiser Quartett played music inspired by Bach and Daft Punk. Richard Reed Parry from Arcade Fire had a composition performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Circus arts à la Montréal were represented by Les 7 doigts de la main and Cirque Alfonse. Flamenco artists La Otra Orilla and North African musicians Ayrad were lively musical participants at the Mela Festival. Inuit poets Josephine Bacon, Natasha Kanapé, Naomi Fontaine, Samuel Mercier and Jonathan Lamy were among the literary talents invited to the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Québec @ Edinburgh 2015 brought strong media exposure to all these artists, along with the promise—or confirmation—of greater influence on the international stage.