Spirited Voices: Contesting The Spirit Of Unity - Part Two by British Council Arts published on 2017-08-18T17:38:13Z Conductor Bruno Walter said that the first Edinburgh International Festival was a ‘magnificent’ experience, which ‘renewed human relations’ after the war. But not everyone felt included. For some years Glasgow Unity Theatre – led by a former factory shop steward – had been discovering working-class talent and presenting popular, professional theatre. International Festival director Rudolf Bing thought Scottish work unlikely to meet his standards; and making the Festival accessible to a wide social range of ‘local visitors’ was not a consideration. Glasgow Unity came anyway but had to perform, self- funded, on what later became ‘the Fringe’. This two-part event examines the origin of the ‘culture wars’, an under-appreciated part of the development of Edinburgh as a Festival City. Supported by Edinburgh Trades Union Council and Scottish Trade Unions. Part one: Through a combination of docu-drama and readings based on contemporary sources, we look at how the first Festival came about in 1947. This is a true story, sourced from contemporary – albeit incomplete – records, performed by Helen Mackay and Kevin Lennon, and narrated by Terry Brotherstone. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/artsbritishcouncil/contestingthespirit1 Part two: A panel including Larry Flanagan (General Secretary, Educational Institute of Scotland) and Joyce McMillan (theatre critic, National Union of Journalists), address what has changed since 1947, particularly with regard to the role that the International Festival has played, is playing, and should play, in enhancing the life-long educational experience of Scotland’s people. Chaired by International Festival Director Fergus Linehan.