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Edinburgh to trip light fantastic in celebrating 70th anniversary as a festival city

It will be lighting up Hogmanay like never before. That’s the “midnight moment’ plan of the pyrotechnic show from Edinburgh Castle which will welcome the New Year in with a visually stunning laser and light performance.

Fireworks light up the sky above Edinburgh Castle as part of Hogmanay celebrations, 31 December, 2015.
Fireworks light up the sky above Edinburgh Castle as part of Hogmanay celebrations, 31 December, 2015. Image by Ross Gilmore/Getty Images

The midnight spectacular will also signal the beginning of the year-long celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the city as a leading festival destination. The production, which is designed to highlight the drama of Edinburgh’s historic cityscape, is being funded by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and also by the City of Edinburgh Council.

The presentation will be based in Edinburgh Castle as part of the Midnight Moment, as the city rings in the new year. The world-famous fireworks display is being planned in collaboration with Grant Anderson (Scotland’s leading lighting designer), Black Light, Funktioncreep, and pyrotechnicians Titanium Fireworks to make it unforgettable. Hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors are expected to fill the streets of the Scottish capital. The show will be visible for up to 30 miles around the city, and is being broadcast to 200 countries and territories globally.

Edinburgh Castle lights up for Hogmanay, 31 December, 2015.
Edinburgh Castle lights up for Hogmanay, 31 December, 2015. Image by Ross Gilmore/Getty Images

The Festivals began in 1947 as an initiative for humanity and in reaction to the worldwide conflict of WWII.  It was established as a beacon of enlightenment and creativity, based on the belief that culture has the power to create international trust and understanding.As well as the Midnight Moment, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay includes a three-day programme of events and activities.

The leading Edinburgh Festivals will all be participating in the Hogmanay celebrations and young families have been invited to decorate a giant cardboard Dazzle Ship at the National Museum of Scotland from 30 December to 1 January. Storytellers from the Scottish International Storytelling Festival will be present at the museum, in addition to the science buskers from the Edinburgh International Science Festival who will be astounding with experiments and dazzling science demonstrations. These are just a small sample of the many events on the cards for the not-to-be-missed upcoming Edinburgh Festival.