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  • 31 August 2017

    2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh International Festivals. The Consulate has prepared a video highlighting the most important moments involving Polish artists and the projects that came out of the Scottish-Polish collaboration.

    Prof Richard Demarco, artist, philosopher and art impresario, was the first to bring Polish artists to the Edinburgh Festival. Tadeusz Kantor, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Józef Szajna came at a time when we knew little about behind the Iron Curtain. Kantor was one of Demarco’s favorites - not only a stage director, but an artist with extraordinary sensitivity who enthralled Demarco. As part of the ‘Atelier 72’ exhibition Demarco presented Kantor’s ‘The Water Hen’ in Edinburgh and made the only recording of it. This footage was used to create a bilingual publication for the celebrations of Kantor Year.


    At the turn of 2010-11 the RSA hosted ‘10 dialogues: Richard Demarco, Scotland and the European Avant Garde’ exhibition in celebration of Demarco’s 80th birthday. Works of Tadeusz Kantor and Magdalena Abakanowicz were presented, which inspired visitors and artists alike and resulted in projects like ‘A legacy of Kantor’ as part of the Hidden Door Festival in 2015.


    Polish Presence in Edinburgh Festivals from freshmintstudio on Vimeo.



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