In the 70th anniversary year, this new VR project – created by digital artists Dennis and Debbie Club, and supported by BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland – brings the spirt of the city right into the audience’s home.
Working with BBC Arts Digital, Dennis & Debbie Club has created a wild VR tour, mixing digital modelling of Edinburgh and BBC archive highlights from previous Edinburgh festivals – all at the control of the viewer’s gaze.
We’ve built 3D representations of city landmarks and populated them with everything the festival experience has to offer
“Edinburgh 70 is an artistic distillation of Edinburgh at festival time over the last 70 years,” say Dennis and Debbie. ”We’ve built 3D representations of city landmarks and populated them with everything the festival experience has to offer. It’s our attempt to capture the joyful carnival of serendipity and craziness.
“This kind of experience is only possible in virtual reality. We’ve been able to build a surreal collage of geography, history and entertainment – and it’s all going on all around you. You can’t really convey that in any other medium.
“The specially selected BBC archive is essential to the overall experience, because it lets you see first-hand the festivals’ amazing history and get a sense of the scope of all the amazing people and performances that have come to Edinburgh through the years.”
The first Edinburgh International Festival took place in 1947. It was joined from its inception by what subsequently became known as the Fringe and by the Film Festival.
Edinburgh 70: The BBC at the Festival, Virtually is released on 3 August 2017 and runs on Samsung mobile devices with Gear VR headsets.