A general article about the Arts in Scotland post-Festival. Lebrecht does his usual Cassandra thing. The problem is that because he does it all the time, there is a tendency to ignore him even when he might be right.
He refers briefly to Scottish Ballet. Dispelling the Scotch myth
by Norman Lebrecht for The Evening Standard
It never takes more than a couple of days to clear up after the world's biggest arts festival, even in a record year. By this morning, Edinburgh will be back to normal, the Royal Mile will have been reopened to traffic and there will not be a busker or billboard to be seen touting for two hours of amateur Sondheim in a half-damp-proofed pub cellar.
The Festival ended on Saturday. Setting aside the usual discomforts, it has been a vintage summer.....
But art in Edinburgh is a flimsy frock, shucked off on the first of September for sensible tweeds. There will be no more frippery for the next 11 months. When the festival started in 1947, it was hoped that its light would spread around the year and across the nation - a dream that, for half a century, edged rosily towards realisation. Scottish Opera was formed in 1962 as a festival by-product, as was Scottish Ballet, which found its feet in 1969. click for more