The historical development of Western music, visual art,
iconography, poetry, drama, and architecture is deeply linked to the theology, culture and worship of the Christian Church, and some of greatest works of art of all time owe their inspiration to the Christian faith. All these arts continue to play a highly significant role in the life of the Church, and increasingly artists, theologians, philosophers, and churches are re-discovering the profound resonance there can be between faith and art. The Edinburgh Festival of the Sacred Arts in the Fringe was established in 2018 as an annual celebration of this relationship.
Despite last minute uncertainties, and some continuing restrictions, the Sacred Arts Festival took place from August 15th -21st 2021. Beginning and ending with two services of worship, it was a notable success. A total of eight events spanned a wide variety of the arts -- music, poetry, painting, architecture and embroidery. The very high artistic standard maintained throughout attracted the largest attendances since the Sacred Arts Festival began in 2018.
Details of the programme, with some photographs and reviews can be found on the Festival 2021 page.