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FIREWORKS AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

WHAT: FIREWORKS AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
WHY: EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
WHEN: MONDAY 27TH AUGUST 2018
WHERE: ROSS THEATRE & PRINCESS STREET GARDENS, EDINBURGH
COST: £15.50 – £34.00 WITH STANDING AND SEATED TICKETS AVAILABLE

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings an explosive end to the Edinburgh International Festival taking place in the beautiful city of Edinburgh from the 3rd to the 27th August 2018.

The concert brings together both music and pyrotechnics spectacularly choreographed to produce a ‘one of a kind’ explosive show.

The backdrop to the festival is the beautiful historic Edinburgh Castle; one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. The castle is set high above the City so there are plenty of vantage points to chose from to witness the fantastic fireworks. If you don’t get close enough to listen to the music don’t worry there are also live broadcasts of the music on the local radio stations across the city.

The evening kicks off with music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Clark Rundell. The month-long music festival this year has marked the centenary year of the composer’s birth.

After the interval, the crowds will be treated to a journey into the deepest darkest space with Holst’s “The Planets” perfectly synchronised to the fireworks display.

The planning of the event finale can take up to a month of planning and the original set up of the display begins 7 days before. The fireworks display and finale lasts just under an hour and in this time, there will be over 4 tonnes of explosives and over 400,000 fireworks released in perfect harmony to the music.

Last year’s event drew crowds all over and around the city of up to a quarter of a million, proving that this pyro musical showstopper is definitely not one to be missed.

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EDINBURGH VIRGIN MONEY FESTIVAL 2016

WHAT: EDINBURGH VIRGIN MONEY FESTIVAL 2016
WHY: EDINBURGH VIRGIN MONEY FIREWORKS
WHERE: ROSS BANDSTAND, PRINCES STREET GARDENS, EDINBURGH, EH2 2HG
WHEN: MONDAY 29TH AUGUST 2016

40,000 FIREWORKS ….. Now we have your attention.

The Edinburgh Virgin Money Festival kicks off with music from Russian Composer Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet ballet, Bernstein’s West Side story among others and accompanied by 40,000 fireworks as performed by the Scottish Chamber orchestra starting at 21.30

Since 1984, Keith Webb from display firework specialists Pyrovision has fired the show each year. 2016 marks the company’s and Keith’s 34th show.

Tickets usually sell out quickly but due to the scale of the show there are many spots across the city to see the fireworks.
If you are unlucky enough not to have obtained tickets then head over to Inverleith Park where a big screen has been erected to save you straining your neck to the heavens as the show bursts high overhead.

Virgin Money Festival Fireworks Edinburgh

At 151 feet above sea level Salisbury Crags is also an Ideal spot for spectators but it does get very busy. For the more active, continue up to Arthurs seat; but with an 823 feet climb this is not for everyone. Bruntfield links is a very popular spot as is Calton Hill but again get their early for the better viewing spots.

At present the met office suggest the temperature will be around 16 degrees with a partly sunny/cloudy evening so all looks good but as this is the UK don’t rely on this so far ahead, make your own arrangements on the day. With an expected attendance of around 25,000 parking can be an issue, extra public transports links have been put in place for the event so I would recommend using these to get around and save some stress.

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VIRGIN MONEY FIREWORKS CONCERT UPDATE

Back in March we brought you news of the 2015 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert which is held annually at the end of the Edinburgh Summer Festival which is the perfect blend of classical music and choreographed firework bursts.

Taking part on the last Monday of the event which runs from 7th August to 31st August 2015 is a celebration of everything from Theatrical, Classical and Contemporary performances of music, dance and opera. It also includes vocalists from all manner of genre including jazz, choral, barbershop quartet, operatic from around the World.

Alongside the Edinburgh International Festival runs the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which has been running since 1947. Initially, a merry band of theatrical performers arrived uninvited at the EIF and were refused the opportunity to perform. But, being thespians, a little thing like permission was not about to stop them so they put on a show on the ‘fringe’ of the event and so the concept was born.

Today, whilst the EIF focuses mainly on classical works including all manner of music and dance the Fringe is effectively for everything in between. Comedy, drama, magic, circus, variety and traditional dance including ballet all form part of the entertainment on offer. Whilst the big names will be out in force at all other events this is for those yet to hit the big time and the variety is indeed rich and varied.

The fireworks are the responsibility of Pyrovision who have expertly organised this display for the last eight years and use a wide range of quieter fireworks which are high on effect and lower on noise so as not to detract from the beautiful strains of the music. They launch in the region of four tonnes of fireworks into the skies over the beautiful Edinburgh Castle lighting it up in every colour and hue.

Sure to be an exciting display and remember, even if you cannot get to the Princes Street area, there are still a number of great vantage points around the City to gain a good view of the fireworks.

If all else fails, ask a local!

Full information about all the events is available on the official Edinburgh International Festival website.

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