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Congratulations to the following Former Pupils who have reached milestone birthdays this month:-
70 Kenneth Campbell; Peter Flynn (Wilson);
65 Desmond Deighan;
60 Kevin DiRollo; David DiRollo; Mark Deluca; Simon Cook; Kevin DiCiacca;
50 Nasood Ali;
I have waited many years for there to be an Edinburgh Festival programme which contained an entirely new contribution to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Thankfully it has now happened through the efforts of Aletia Badenhorst, a postgraduate student at Leeds Beckett University focussing her studies on the Demarco Archives as a Total Art Work, or in the German word Gesamtkunstwerk, that isa large scale collaborative work of art, resulting from my personal experience of every single Edinburgh Festival since 1947.Aletia Badenhorst has been focussing her studies for the past three years so that she will graduate with a doctorate in Performing Arts. She has been particularly interested in six masters of this particular artform: Joseph Beuys, Tadeusz Kantor, Paul Neagu, Marina Abramovic, Robert Filliou and Anthony Howell. She has contributed to the Demarco European Art Foundation (DEAF) at Summerhall over the last two years, and this year, her contribution is entitled
The Artist as Explorer.” The attached information provides the Edinburgh Festival-goer with the fact that attendance is free and by appointment. The morning performance begins at 11 AM and the afternoon performance begins at 4 PM. I would appreciate having a confirmation from you if you wish to attend in the form of an email or a phone call. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org, the phone numbers are: 077 4896 1315, or 078 280 53238.
I would hope that anyone reading this newsletter, who is interested in the future development of the Demarco Archive, would make a special effort to experience this extraordinary manifestation of Performance Art. It is particularly important in relation to other aspects of the Demarco Foundation’s 2017 Festival Programme. It is to be experienced along with the important contributions to the Festival Fringe at Summerhall. It certainly relates to the brave and noble effort of Lujza Richter and her friends who have given the Edinburgh Festival the unexpected and unimaginable reality of “The Calais Jungle.”
These particular parts of the Summerhall Programme have reassured me that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is still capable of focussing attention on the ways in which the lives of the Artist and the Soldier are interwoven. I therefore attach information with regard to two particular manifestations of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. These deal with the life of the soldier vulnerable on the field of battle. Therefore the reality of the War Poets Archive at Edinburgh Napier University is associated with the fact that for the first time in the history of the Edinburgh Festival, the British Army has been involved, and not with the spectacle of the Festival Military Tattoo.
The masterpiece that Joseph Beuys made at the 1970 Edinburgh Festival entitled “Celtic Kinloch Rannoch: the Scottish Symphony” contained a one-hour long sequence in which Joseph Beuys stood as a sentinel over the grave of The Unknown Artist. Aletia Badenhorst has managed to contribute an artwork which I can liken to that of Joseph Beuys, for the simple reason that it is essentially a requiem, involving the communion of all those creative souls who have contributed to the Edinburgh Festival.
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