The 1970 Edinburgh International Arts Festival opened on Sunday (23 August) with the now traditional display of pageantry and procession.
GV Edinburgh Castle
CU Festival poster
GV Usher Hall
Tracking Shot and SV crowds in Princess Street (2 shots)
GV TILT UP People in park near Scott Monument
GV & SV massed pipebands marching along streets (5 shots)
GV Procession TILT UP to building
GV TILT UP St Giles Cathedral
GV Procession enters Cathedral
SV Mayor in robes and others greeted and enter
MV People in ceremonial clothes enter
MV Knights of the Thistle enter
GV Arts Faculty members enter
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Background: The 1970 Edinburgh International Arts Festival opened on Sunday (23 August) with the now traditional display of pageantry and procession.
This year's festival is the 24th in the City and citizens of Edinburth, as well as thousands of tourists, will be enjoying a wide range of activities. Eight orchestras and 12 opera and drama companies are on the programme and the bi-centenary of Beethoven's birth will be observed with performances of his work.
As well as the official activities the Edinburgh festival is noted for its "Fringe" activities -- performances by more offbeat artists and groups at venues in and around the city.
The opening day's ceremonies included a march by massed pipebands down Edinburgh's High Street. Following the skirling of the pipes was a procession of officials which included the civic heads of a dozen European capitals.
The procession would its way from the Civic offices to St. Giles Cathedral where a devotional service marked the first day of the festivities. The lesson was read by the ceremonially robed Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Sir James W. Mckay.
Citizens holding the title of Knights of the Thistle marched wearing their blue robes decorated with the Cross of St. Andrew. In chocolate brown robes were members of the Edinburgh University Arts Faculty.