Michael Pendry’s Les Colombes

at St. Giles' Cathedral


Sat, 26 Mar 2022 – Thu, 7 Apr 2022


FREE Daytime Viewing 10am - 6pm


St Giles’ Cathedral

Ticket Price

Evening Viewing with multi-media Illumination & Soundscape - Tickets £5.00 (inc. booking fees)

Daytime Entry


Following a series of stunning installations in recent years for Burns&Beyond at St. Giles’ Cathedral, we are thrilled to return to the landmark building and welcome German artist Michael Pendry to Scotland for his first installation with the beautiful Les Colombes (The Doves), a winding column of more than 2,000 origami paper doves which will fly the full length of St. Giles’ Cathedral, transforming the space for daytime visitors, and presenting a spectacular multi-media and light display in the evenings. Symbolizing love, hope and kindness, Les Colombes encourages a feeling of optimism as we reflect on years past and look ahead into 2022.

This stunning installation is arranged to give new life to the Cathedral, embodying our resolve to be kind to our fellow humans, and to do our part in making a better tomorrow.

Les Colombes has previously appeared in Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England; St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London; Mount Zion in Jerusalem; Heilig-Geist Viktualienmarkt in Munich, Grace Cathedral San Francisco and most recently the National Cathedral Washington.

Michael Pendry said: ‘The Les Colombes installation has found homes of some of the world’s most iconic sacred spaces, and now I’m thrilled to exhibit this piece in Edinburgh’s St. Giles’ Cathedral, where it can challenge and engage new audiences, both in-person and virtually’.

Les Colombes at St. Giles’ Cathedral is open daily between Saturday 26 March – Thursday 7 April for FREE daytime viewing, and with a ticketed programme evening illumination and special concerts each evening from Saturday 26 March – Saturday 2 April.

We want as many people as possible to get involved in the creation of Les Colombes and to show the strength and power of Edinburgh as a community.

Burns&Beyond are raising funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), to help those affected by the current conflict in Ukraine. You can add a donation to the charity when purchasing your ticket. To find out more about the charity or donate direct by clicking HERE


Important Covid-19 Safety Information:

  • Please do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have Covid-19 symptoms or have been contacted by NHS Scotland Test and Protect in the last 14 days. Residents showing Covid-19 symptoms can pre-book a test by visiting www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 0282816.
  • Currently the wearing of face masks is required in our indoor venues for all staff, audiences and contractors, whether seated or standing, unless exempt (please remember that some people may not have visible reasons for their exemptions. This is a Scottish Government legal requirement Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others – gov.scot (www.gov.scot).
  • Although it is not an entry requirement, for your safety and the safety of others, we recommend taking a lateral flow test prior to attending the concert. Tests are available here.
  • In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, audience members attending the Burns&Beyond Les Colombes event and concerts held in St. Giles Cathedral will NOT be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt) on entry to the venue.

Filming & Photography

  • Les Colombes is a stunning visual installation and we want you to take photos and videos inside the experience using your camera phones, but please be considerate of other visitors when taking photos
  • When posting images and comments on social media, please use the hashtag #lescolombes & #burnsandbeyond so more people can see the photos you’ve created