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This is a Ghost Festival for the city of Edinburgh.

A festival of imagined events. A festival of hoped-for possibilities. A festival of outrageous lies.

We wanted to create a festival that happened in the few brief silences still left in Edinburgh. A festival that happened when you’re waiting in a queue, or sitting in a coffee shop. A festival that happened under an umbrella in the rain. A festival that happened when you’re lost and wondering what to do. A festival that happened in the few moments between sitting down and the show starting. A festival that lived in the city’s blindspot. A few carefully chosen words dropped into a pause in the busyness of the city.

I invited people, via twitter, email, facebook and in person, to contribute events to the Ghost Festival, which they did in quite startling numbers. Out of this I created a festival of imaginary events written on little cards. In Edinburgh, at Forest Fringe this summer, those cards were given out along with a thin green twine wristband.

Over the course of the festival people were invited to look out for others with the same wristband, to share the events they had written on their cards and slowly over the course of the festival discover a whole range of new people, interesting conversations and imaginary events.

In 2012 the Ghost Festival return as The Ghost Games, a festival of imaginary Olympic events for the four host boroughs of London. More details to follow very soon.

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