This August, for the first time in 73 years, Edinburgh’s theatres, concert halls, churches, halls and parklands will be without the light and life brought by Edinburgh’s Festivals. Artists, stage managers, box-office and front of house workers will stay home, as will the thousands of workers who support the Festival City. Yet Covid-19 has not dimmed the creativity of artists, nor the enduring spirit that keeps Edinburgh’s festivals thriving. In an act of optimism and solidarity, My Light Shines On celebrates a spark that still burns bright. On 8 August, we mark what would have been the opening weekend of the 2020 festival season. A specially commissioned one-hour film presented by journalist Kirsty Wark and cellist Su-a Lee features new work from leading artists across genres, including Scotland’s major national companies. The film features famous faces from festivals across the years, including Alan Cumming, Fiona Shaw and Akram Khan, as well as collaborations with Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This unique broadcast launches a series of new My Light Shines On recorded activity, which will take place throughout August.