"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

The Edinburgh Festival's Flying High

Cross-posted from my place.

Not only is the Edinburgh Festival going to become India's PR company, this year you can have your tea 100ft above Princes Street Gardens.
After delighting guests from Monaco to Las Vegas, the unique attraction will be premiering at the Edinburgh Festival from 1 - 31 August. Guests will enjoy a thrilling dining experience whilst taking in Edinburgh's spectacular skyline suspended at over 100 feet from a luxury 22 seater table and will be treated to a sample of Scotland's finest food and drink.
Prices range from £32.50 for what I would think would be breakfast (morning flight) to £97.50 for some evening flights. Think an Anstruther fish supper, eaten by the harbour with my feet on terra firma, sounds even better than ever!
On a more serious note I find the 'joint initiative' by all of Edinburgh's festivals to develop India-focused programming from 2012 to 2014' concerning. The Festival has gained international fame because it is just that - international. To make it so politically biased doesn't sit well with me. For one country to dominate for three years is not in the spirit of art but profit.

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