2022’s opening night spectacular confirms what we’ve known all along: that the mighty and venerable Adelaide Festival is the Edinburgh International Festival's slightly younger and less chilly southern sister. Our favourite homegrown “contemporary circus powerhouse”, Gravity & Other Myths (GOM), whose sphere of fans has snowballed throughout the UK, stars in an opening co-production, which will also ring in the 75th Anniversary Edinburgh International Festival in August.

Those of you who saw The Pulse in 2021 will know what to expect when the full 30 strong troupe team up with a mass choir. Now add pipes and drums to the equation. And amplification. And giant projection scrims and a colossal ascending triangular lighting rig. We don’t have a castle, but GOM’s inspirational towers and turrets of fit young bodies are equally breathtaking.

This will be a fun, beautifully produced, free event for families and friends to marvel at. A heart-in-mouth display of skill and co-ordination. But it will be more than that. From their humble DIY origins, every show mounted by this company is founded by a deep unspoken principle: to show what humans can do when they trust each other, support each other and urge each other to go further. Whether here on the grass, or 16,000 kilometres away on the cobblestones, we need to be reminded of those simple things.

Join this awesome community of performers in a celebration like no other.

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