Michael Pendry’s Les Colombes

at St. Giles' Cathedral


22/01/2022 – 05/02/2022


Times vary


St Giles’ Cathedral

Ticket Price

Evening Viewing with 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 2,500 origami paper doves which will fly the full length of St. Giles’ Cathedral. Symbolizing love, hope and kindness, the doves encourage a feeling of optimism as we reflect on years past and look ahead into 2022.

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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’.

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. You can create your own paper Dove to be flown as part of the installation, full details to follow.

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Important Covid-19 Safety Information:

  • In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, from 1st October 2021, all audience members attending the Burns&Beyond Festival Club events will be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt) on entry to the venue. You must be able to show proof of your fully vaccinated status via the QR code either on the NHS Scotland COVID Check APP or an official printed/downloadable version. For more information on Vaccine Certificates click here.
  • The wearing of face masks is required in our indoor venues for all unless exempt (please remember that some people may not have visible reasons for their exemptions).
  • 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.