Edinburgh Festival: homecoming nonsense
International Festival has a hokey ‘homecoming’ theme, merely a politically charged, tourist initiative. This has led to works such as ‘Diaspora’ or worse, oblique links to works such as ‘The Return of Ulysses’. Enlightenment is the other theme, but the Scottish Enlightenment was a cerebral, literay movement and had little or no artistic correlate. The links between the contemporary art and the enlightenment are simplistic. I’ve searched in vain for any mention of Hume, Scotland’s greatest Enlightenment figure. It's all so trivial and parochial.