end of the festival…officially!!!

So today, the 4th September, Edinburgh finally comes to rest again. The Fringe finished a week ago and while there has been some time to catch up on lost sleep, see friends and gradually get used to life again, there is still a mountain of ‘stuff’ going on.

The Singaporeans left on Monday, a sudden departure, which always is quite brutal for a brief while. I like the family feeling with those you work with intensely for sometime. Not quite the same this time round but still, they will be missed.

The Book festival ended simultaneously and when you see the venues tearing down the walls, the tents being dismantled, it does feel like Edinburgh is being peeled, stripped of this very special coating. Still, we manage to squeeze in some more so I made the most of the Edinburgh International Festival. I saw 1001 nights and yes it was epic (in time terms) 2 x 3 hour long performances and I would say.. definitely see the second half. The stories were juicier, the women were characters in their own right, rather than the misogynistic first half, which depicted women as non too wonderful. I won’t write a review here…may leave that to another post.

Then, just as that drew to a close, the Edinburgh Mela arrives with a bang this weekend with over 9000 in Leith Links at any one time over the period. Incredible. With artists ranging from Osiligi Masai dancers from Kenya to performers from India, Nepal and beyond.

Then just to chuck into the equation…a 4 year olds party to organise. Ah well!!! All part of the fun. I might sleep more this week.

And tonight, the fantastic Virgin Media fireworks concert, a fitting closure to the most spectacular festival city in the world. How blessed are we to live in this city… I can’t think of another with such beauty, such proximity to nature and then to top it off, such vibrance and love of festivals. Everyone here…enjoy… and if you’re not here, then please come and enjoy with us.

Toto love xxx


About TotoTales

Toto Tales brings African stories to life through the arts. We find and create incredible, inspiring, heart warming, tragic, humorous stories from across Africa, and share them with a variety of audiences across the world. We collaborate with various artists and strive to produce high quality works that while simple are far from being simplistic.
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One Response to end of the festival…officially!!!

  1. Congrats on lasting the marathon that is August in Edinburgh.

    Thank you, Mara, for keeping us topped up with regular brilliant shows, radio, theatre, storytelling and fun throughout the year too. You are certainly lifting the whole community with your enthusiasm, ideas, talent and joie de vivre. We would all be poorer without you. x

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