News - Deep Time


If you weren't able to be there, or just want to watch it again, here's the full length (20 minute) film of the Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time, which opened the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival on Sunday 7th August...

Be transfixed by mesmerising digital animation and the deep emotional impact of music by Mogwai.

The Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time took place on Sunday 7th August 2016 on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle and transported the audience through 350 million years of Edinburgh’s history showing Edinburgh’s iconic Castle as it's never been seen it before as it celebrated the wonders and beauties of the natural, the geological and the man-made, exploring the very foundations of Edinburgh itself.

Blending trailblazing technology, narrative drama and emotional storytelling, this epic, outdoor, public artwork event formed the dazzling opening to 2016’s festival season, created by Tony award-winning 59 Productions, creators of the acclaimed The Harmonium Project that launched the International Festival 2015.



Image - 59 Productions
Music by Mogwai, ‘Rano Pano’, ‘Rano Pano (Tim Hecker Remix)’, ‘Remurdered’ and ‘Deesh’, licensed with thanks to Rock Action Recordings Ltd, Tomorrows Hits Publishing and Kobalt.
‘I Know You Are But What Am I’ licensed with thanks to [PIAS] Recordings (UK) Limited and BMG

Geological and historical images supplied by Edinburgh University Library and the Cockburn Geological Museum. © The University of Edinburgh

Digital images of John Clerk of Eldin’s drawings for "James Hutton's Theory of the Earth”
All © Sir Robert Clerk of Penicuik
Further images provided by City of Edinburgh Council – Libraries and the National Galleries of Scotland.