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The Edinburgh Festival and The Richard Demarco Gallery by Richard Demarco

Richard Demarco’s lecture will deal with the changes that Edinburgh has seen over his lifetime from the 1930s to the 21st century.

The first part will focus on the changes to the physical fabric of Edinburgh, as a city. The second on the dramatic changes to Edinburgh’s social fabric and the community of ‘Edinburgh Folk’ over the last nine decades.

The third part is focused on Edinburgh as Richard’s home; the city where he was born and bred and the city which educated him.  He will talk about his personal experience of all 67 Edinburgh Festivals from 1947 onwards. How, without World War II, there would have been no Festival in Edinburgh and therefore, no unique international stage for the world’s leading artists to present their art during the fifty years of ‘The Cold War’ and during its aftermath since the 1989 fall of The Iron Curtain.

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