Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

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30 Dec -
1 Jan 2018,

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From 2017 Underbelly will produce Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival as it marks its 25th year as THE place to celebrate the New Year. 

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018 is better than ever before with new events, including the family friendly Bairns Afore and a new look Ceilidh at the foot of the city’s iconic castle, an extended fireworks display which will rival any other city in the world this New Year, and a revamped and animated Street Party that keeps the celebration going all evening. The soundtrack to Scotland's New Year will be provided by Rag'n'Bone Man, who headlines the Concert in the Gardens. 

The three-day festival opens on 30 December 2017 with the stunning traditional Torchlight Procession which this year blazes a new path culminating in a stunning visual moment in Holyrood Park: #ScotWord, marking the start of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. 

As dusk falls on 1 January, Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, celebrates its rich literary heritage and that of Scotland with projections across buildings and landmarks across the city. In a nod to Robert Burns’s poem Sketch New Year’s Day, Message from the Skies sees literary star Val McDermid join with dramaturg, Philip Howard of Pearlfisher, Edinburgh based projection company Double Take Projections and some of Scotland’s best soundscape artists to create and write a new short story which will lead audiences on a trail around Edinburgh.