The upcoming BBC festival at Dynamic Earth is set to be an exhilarating event, spanning from August 7 to 20, with a thrilling lineup of 14 days-worth of live broadcasts in front of enthusiastic audiences. One of the much-anticipated highlights is the eminent Edinburgh International Festival Director, Nicola Benedetti, who will grace the stage alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its esteemed Chief Conductor, Ryan Wigglesworth, at the Usher Hall on August 6.
BBC Scotland channel has an exciting array of shows in store, including a fresh instalment of the popular Edinburgh Unlocked series, hosted by the talented comedian Mark Nelson. Additionally, Damian Barr will lead a special edition of The Big Scottish Book Club, featuring celebrated literary award winners from the Edinburgh Book Festival.
A remarkable documentary titled “Kyle Falconer: Love & Chaos” will captivate viewers as it delves into the life of the Scots rocker and frontman of The View, Kyle Falconer. The film focuses on his intimate and emotional journey alongside his fiancé, Laura Wilde, as they prepare to bring their semi-autobiographical show “No Love Songs” to the Fringe.
The Culture Scene, a new arts strand, promises to captivate audiences with three engaging podcast/iPlayer films featuring talented artists from the Fringe. Furthermore, viewers can look forward to the mesmerizing highlights of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo later in August, along with a diverse range of Edinburgh festival programming on BBC Radio Scotland, encompassing entertainment and arts.
In addition to these exciting programs, the festival will feature comprehensive coverage across TV, radio, and online news, with special reports from BBC Scotland’s Arts Correspondent, Pauline McLean.
The new Dynamic Earth BBC venue will serve as a hub for various BBC Radio Scotland programming, hosting Edinburgh specials for popular shows such as The Afternoon Show, The Quay Sessions, Breaking the News, Off the Ball, Take the Floor, Travelling Folk, Out of Doors, For the Record, Vic Galloway Live at the Edinburgh Festival, In Conversation with Vic Galloway, BBC Scotland Introducing, Mornings with Stephen Jardine, Sunday Morning with Sally Magnusson, and BBC Upload Showcase.
Louise Thornton, Head of Commissioning, says: “BBC Scotland is going to be very much there at the Edinburgh Festivals with our own venue at Dynamic Earth, with a packed and diverse showcase of programmes from BBC Radio Scotland and elsewhere in the BBC. And also with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Usher Hall working in tandem with the International Festival Director herself, Nicola Benedetti.
Prominent figures in the entertainment industry, including Marcus Brigstocke, Susie McCabe, Celya AB, Connor Burns, Val McDermid, Stuart Mitchell, Frank Skinner, Jamie MacDonald, Judy Murray, Colson Whitehead, and Eleanor Catton, among others, will make appearances on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland programs.
Moreover, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will be showcasing its brilliance with two captivating performances at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall during the Edinburgh International Festival. One concert, titled ‘Where do we go from here?’, will feature Scotland’s beloved violinist Nicola Benedetti and explore orchestral works by contemporary composers Hans Abrahamsen and Helen Grime. The orchestra will return for the festival’s Closing Concert with American conductor Karina Canellakis, joined by the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and three vocal soloists, to perform Rachmaninov’s monumental ‘Choral’ Symphony, The Bells, with both concerts to be broadcast on Radio 3 at a later date.
With such an impressive and diverse lineup, BBC Scotland’s presence at the Edinburgh Festivals promises to be an unforgettable celebration of arts and culture, featuring renowned artists and emerging talents alike.