Morning Pass

Suggested Route

This pass suggests you visit our Commissions at the following times. Should you miss your timeslot, there may be a short queue, but you will still be allowed to enter the venue.

Your guide to our Commissions Programme

This pass commences at Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden and ends at the Burns Monument on Regent Road, taking a total of 2 hours including 20 minutes walking time.

This route will include some hills, walking across cobbles, and uneven steps. If you have any questions regarding physical access, please do get in touch. It is also viewable on GoogleMaps.


10am – 10:15am Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

10:30am – 11:30am Institut français d’Ecosse

11:50am – 12noon Burns Monument


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Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden is nestled halfway down Patrick Geddes Steps just off Johnston Terrace. Displayed in Bobby Niven’s Palm House (a permanent commission for the festival from 2017) is Matthew Arthur Williams: In guise of land; an exhibition of photographic prints set against the lush greenery of Johnston Terrace Gardens. Captured in various locations on the West coast of Scotland including during a Bothy Projects residency on the Isle of Eigg. Williams references a long history of portraits in the landscape, citing specifically the photographers Ajamu X and Ingrid Pollard. Sited in the garden itself is Sequoia Barnes: Gateway. Reminiscent of a shrine, a quilt forms the centrepiece of an installation that manifests a material and tactile approach to communicate with ghosts. In this new textile installation Sequoia Barnes seeks answers to her questions about the journey sculptor Edmonia Lewis and Frederick Douglass made to Naples in 1887.

From Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden head back onto Johnston Terrace and east to the Royal Mile. Continue east, heading onto George IV Bridge, to the front entrance of the Institut français d’Ecosse to view Platform; our dedicated showcase for artists in the early stages of their careers, each year introducing audiences to a new generation of contemporary artists based in Scotland. Jessica Higgins, Danny Pagarani, Kirsty Russell, and Isabella Widger will present new work as part of a group exhibition, encompassing a broad range of media and approaches, the selected projects share a collective interest in the ways in which infrastructures of knowledge are constructed and disseminated. Also at the Institute is our festival kiosk. Here you can meet a friendly member of our team to learn more about the programme of exhibitions and events taking place across the capital, as well as browse our festival merchandise, including a unique canvas bag designed by artist Isaac Julien for this year’s edition.

From the Institut français d’Ecosse head east down the Royal Mile towards Cockburn Street. Be sure to stop by the beautiful St Giles’ Cathedral in West Parliament Square, where you can view Thulani Rachia: obuyile (please check our website for performance and opening times). Walk down Cockburn Street and along Market Street to view partner galleries Stills, Fruitmarket and City Art Centre (the latter venues recommend pre-booking, some drop-in spots may be available on the day). From Market Street walk east onto New Street. Here, hiding in the dim light of the tunnel, you can spot A Drama in Time by Graham Fagen; another of our permanent commissions, produced for the festival in 2016. Walking up the winding steps of Jacob’s Ladder, you should find yourself on Regent Road. Walk east to discover the Burns Monument on your right-hand side. Here is Song of the Union by Emeka Ogboh; a sound installation featuring the recorded voices of citizens from each nation state of the European Union, all singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – a song which has come to represent solidarity, friendship, and open doors – in their mother tongue. The resulting polyphonic choir affects a complex interweaving of language, syntax, cadence, and rhythm.

Venue Addresses

Matthew Arthur Williams: In guise of Land

Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

Patrick Geddes Steps, Castle Wynd South, EH1 2PW

Sequoia Barnes: Gateway

Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

Patrick Geddes Steps, Castle Wynd South, EH1 2PW

Platform: 2021

Selected by writer and producer Mason Leaver-Yap and artist Ciara Phillips, and

featuring work by Jessica Higgins, Danny Pagarani, Kirsty Russell, and Isabella Widger.

Institut français d’Ecosse

West Parliament Square, EH1 1RF

Emeka Ogboh: Song of the Union

A co-commission with Talbot Rice Gallery

Burns Monument, Regent Rd, EH7 5BL