The art of freedom/Art for freedom
Freedom of expression and international cooperation: values at the heart of the Edinburgh International Festival. The festival was founded with the express purpose of bringing Europe back together through art, in the dark days after World War II. But while countless European artists gave their finest in Edinburgh, their colleagues behind the Iron Curtain struggled with oppression. Art became one of the ways through which the population of the German Democratic Republic voiced criticism of their totalitarian government. From forgotten photographs to massive concerts by famous musicians, the struggle for freedom in the GDR was intimately tied up with art.