FEAST is a unique intercultural project exploring creativity in food, film and music. The idea comes from Kimho Ip, artistic director of iMAP (intercultural arts and music project), whose work aims to connect Scottish and Chinese communities. He believes cheapest essay writing service food is the vital link between all people whatever language we speak.

That’s why the event is set in Castle Street’s Eating Place market on August 30 where Alan Stockdale’s film of the sounds, rhythms and colours of a young Chinese chef cooking Dim Sum sets the scene for live music by Kimho, FOUND and Dutch saxophonist Filipe Davidse while  drummer Bobby Perman works rhythms from Chinese cooking implements and traditional percussion instruments.

dim sum + chef

FEAST focuses on Dim Sum.

Raw material for the live performance was gathered at a filming session in Out of the Blue in July where Alan captured images of Eric cooking while Kev sampled sounds of chopping, sizzling and chatting. As an extra twist fresh foods donated by farmers and growers from Edinburgh’s Farmers Market and The Eating Place turned into Chinese Dim Sum (see sponsors page).

Learning and understanding are part of the show so each stage of FEAST involves close work between Eric, creative chef from Saigon Saigon restaurant, FOUND the experimental, electronic band of artist/musicians and Kimho Ip composer whose highly acclaimed score for The Goddess was performed in Edinburgh’s 2007 China Film Festival

In FEAST’s live performance in Castle Street they blend traditional Chinese yang-chin with contemporary music while the film celebrates techniques and ingredients of Chinese cooking.

After the FEAST, this website offers opportunities to learn more about Chinese food and cooking as well as the lives of Scottish farmers and growers. Our blog tells the story of FEAST participants and sponsors, recording what they are learning from one another and why Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian and Edinburgh City Centre Management Company are supporting a project which aims to connect different parts of the city and help bring the streets to life.

Look for more of the FEAST during China Now in Scotland 2008. Catch the film and music on YouTube now.

Intercultural Music and Arts Project (iMAP) has been supported by local councils for community and educational programmes during the last two years.