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 was 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 rivalled any other city in the world this New Year, and a revamped and animated Street Party that kept the celebration going all evening. The soundtrack to Scotland's New Year was provided by Rag'n'Bone Man, who headlined the Concert in the Gardens. 

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

As dusk fell on 1 January, Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, celebrated 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 in creating and writing a new short story which leads audiences on a trail around Edinburgh.