International Festival's Fireworks poster winners

Two images showing the various winners of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival's Fireworks Concert poster competition

The Edinburgh International Festival has chosen the three winning posters in this year's schools competition for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert. 

The winners in the three age groups were: 

  • Ailsa Morrison, aged 12 from Edinburgh (design below, centre)
  • Carlotta Ecks, aged 8 from Dunbar (design below, left)
  • A joint entry from Jack, Jamie, Basia, Fletcher, Milosz and Cameron (ages 5-8) from St Cuthbert's RC Primary School (design below, right)

The three designs chosen as winners of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival's Fireworks Concert poster competition

The competition, supported by Virgin Money and Forth One, is now in its fifth year, and attracted hundreds of entries from children across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. 

The winners will see their designs printed on posters across the city, and will enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Fireworks set-up site at Edinburgh Castle as well as tickets to the spectacular concert in Princes Street Gardens 

Competition judges praised all three winning entries for capturing the spirit and character of the Fireworks Concert, which takes place on Monday 29 August as the finalé to the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival

Brian Giles, Head of Communications at Virgin Money said: 

The world famous Edinburgh international Festival and the Fireworks Concert are fantastic community events in the city of Edinburgh and Virgin Money is incredibly proud to sponsor both of them. We have supported the Fireworks Concert for the past five years and its popularity continues to grow, with an estimated 250,000 people now coming together to make it a truly special evening. 
Our congratulations go out to the winners of the poster competition - Ailsa, Carlotta, and everyone from St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School - for their fantastic designs, which will become a symbol of this year’s event. 

This year's Concert, performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Kristiina Poska, features the music of Prokofiev and Leonard Bernstein in a programme inspired by William Shakespeare. 

Roy McEwan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra said: 

Many congratulations to everyone who took part in the poster competition, and well done to the winners! We look forward to seeing their posters across Edinburgh and welcoming the winners to the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, which the Scottish Chamber Orchestra has performed throughout the event’s 34-year history. 

Fergus Linehan, Edinburgh International Festival Director said: 

I’d like to thank Forth One for its involvement in this key Edinburgh event and its support of the Poster Competition. It’s great that so many children across Edinburgh and the Lothians have joined in by getting the glitter out and producing great designs for this year’s event posters. The Fireworks Concert is an incredibly popular event with Edinburgh residents and visitors and will once again provide an extraordinary finale to the city’s summer festival season.

Mr Linehan added: 

We are also delighted to be staging for a second year, the Edinburgh Schools Concert, which takes place in Princes St Gardens on the morning of the main event. Last year nearly 2,000 school children came along and had a fantastic time, so it’s great to be able to build that success. Events like these – and the Poster Competition – give many more young people the opportunity to play their part in this spectacular event.

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert takes place on Monday 29 August, 9.30pm in Edinburgh's Prince Street Gardens as the finalé of the Edinburgh International Festival. 

Edinburgh International Festival takes place from Friday 5 to Monday 29 August. Find out more about the Festival, including programme and ticket booking details.

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