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Return of joyous Edinburgh Festival  shows the human spirit can rise above adversity

Patricia Casey


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An Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainer performs on the Royal Mile. Photo: Getty

An Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainer performs on the Royal Mile. Photo: Getty

Cast of Queenz, Jaymi Hensley (Mis Dia Montay, the White Queen), Grant Jackson (Gold Queen - Bella DuBall), Louis Wallond (the Rock Queen aka Billie Eyelash) Lew. Ray (the Blue Queen - Mr Van Cartier) Josh Hanson (Pink Queen - Candy Caned), on Calton Hill before their performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture date: Monday August 16, 2021. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Cast of Queenz, Jaymi Hensley (Mis Dia Montay, the White Queen), Grant Jackson (Gold Queen - Bella DuBall), Louis Wallond (the Rock Queen aka Billie Eyelash) Lew. Ray (the Blue Queen - Mr Van Cartier) Josh Hanson (Pink Queen - Candy Caned), on Calton Hill before their performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture date: Monday August 16, 2021. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Aditi Jehangir as Dorothy and Ewan Shand as Scarecrow alongside Brian McDavid as a Stormtrooper representing Wizard of Oz and Star Wars two of the popular films lined-up for this year's Film Fest in the City at an outdoor viewing area in St Andrew Square, as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Picture date: Thursday August 19, 2021. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Aditi Jehangir as Dorothy and Ewan Shand as Scarecrow alongside Brian McDavid as a Stormtrooper representing Wizard of Oz and Star Wars two of the popular films lined-up for this year's Film Fest in the City at an outdoor viewing area in St Andrew Square, as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Picture date: Thursday August 19, 2021. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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An Edinburgh Festival Fringe entertainer performs on the Royal Mile. Photo: Getty

From the ashes of World War II , the Edinburgh International Festival arose. It was an attempt to unite nations through the arts. It brought the world together, and many more festivals sprung up around it.

But last year, the pandemic killed festivals and with that live music, comedy, book readings and drama. Even the massed bands of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo were silenced. The haunting sound of the bagpipes no longer spilled down from the castle overlooking the city.


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