Wednesday, May 8

Edinburgh Festival fireworks show to finish after 40 years as organisers fail to search out sponsor

Edinburgh International Festival’s annual closing fireworks show is ready to fizzle out after 40 years.

The Edinburgh Castle occasion, which has been a practice since 1982 and attracts a whole lot of hundreds of spectators, is not going to run this summer time attributable to an absence of sponsor.

The 45-minute present has not taken place for the previous three years due to the COVID pandemic.

As effectively as a ticketed spot inside Princes Street Gardens, individuals may additionally watch free of charge from Princes Street or different viewing factors throughout the capital.

A pageant spokesperson stated they’re now wanting into plans for a large-scale occasion that might substitute future shows.

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They stated: “The international festival won’t be staging the fireworks this year.

“We might be talking with the opposite August festivals and the City of Edinburgh Council to see what kind a large-scale closing occasion would possibly take sooner or later, that might substitute the fireworks.

“The fireworks have all the time been depending on a significant sponsor, and we do not need one to assist the occasion this 12 months.

“We are in discussion about future closing events with a broad range of partners.”

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The 76th version, going down between 4-27 August, will mark Nicola Benedetti’s first 12 months as pageant director and can characteristic music, theatre, comedy, dance and opera exhibits.

Quite a lot of free occasions will happen, together with the opening celebration and music in Charlotte Square.

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