Cross-festival fun at Edinburgh's Hogmanay

A montage of four photos, showing: Hogmanay fireworks at midnight; Science Festival Buskers entertaining a crowd at the National Museum of Scotland; Tim Burgess reading from his book; Two members of the band Brass Gumbo, playing trombone and trumpet)

Bringing the year to an end and looking forward to some of 2017's festival city anniversary celebrations, Edinburgh's Hogmanay includes a range of great activities from across many of the city's other major festivals.

Starting at midnight on 1 January, Edinburgh will mark the 70th anniversary of its emergence as the world's leading festival city in 1947. And to celebrate the festivals are getting into party mood, with the help of Edinburgh's Hogmanay

The 3-day New Year extravaganza is the first festival of an exciting 12 months for the Scottish capital and, alongside star names like Paolo Nutini, features collaborations and work from many of the city's major festivals.

From Friday 30 December 2016


National Museum of Scotland/Scottish Storytelling Centre
With much of Hogmanay's fun and games happening late at night and having a generally grown-up tone, Sprogmany is a fabulous collection of daytime activities to help families enjoy the turn of the year too.

A photo of Science Festival Buskers entertaining a crowd at the National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh International Science Festival will bring its ever-popular Science Festival Buskers out of hibernation on Friday 30 December for some brilliantly fun experiments and demonstrations at the Museum. Explosions, surprises and thoroughly boggled minds are promised as the festival provides entertainment for all ages in advance of its own amazing 2017 programme (1-16 April).

A photo showing some of the paintwork on the side of Edinburgh Art Festival's Dazzle Ship

Also offering great hands-on enjoyment is Edinburgh Art Festival, who will be at the Museum on all three days of Sprogmanay to give young and old the chance to design their own Dazzle Ship decorations, based on Ciara Phillips' amazing festival commission, Every Woman. Edinburgh Art Festival 2017 takes place from 27 July - 27 August.

A photo of Andy Cannon performing Tales of a Grandson

And nothing says family fun more than the wonderful Imaginate Festival, who will bring one of the hits of their 2016 programme back for some end-of-year shenanigans. Join Andy Cannon at the Museum on Friday 30 December for his performance of Tales of a Grandson, a time-travelling adventure through Scottish history, for ages 7+. The 2017 Imaginate Festival runs from 27 May - 4 June.

a photo of the outside of the the Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Finally on 30 December, and an easy 10 minute walk away at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, there will be the chance for families to take part in dance, drama, music, costume-making and live performance in Folk Drama: Play in a Day. There's also a Family Ceilidh to enjoy with live Scottish music. The Storytelling Centre is home to the Scottish International Storytelling Festival which takes place from 20-31 October 2017.

Torchlight Procession

The Hub, Royal Mile

The lucky holders of premium package tickets for Edinburgh's Hogmanay (now completely sold out) will get to enjoy a special bonus from the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, as Tattoo dancers and an accompanying piper give an exclusive performance at the Hub, prior to the start of the procession itself.

Saturday 31 December 2016

Tim Burgess in Conversation

Rainy Hall, The Mound
A photo of Tim Burgess reading from his book

Charlatans frontman and all-round indie legend, Tim Burgess precedes the band's performance later that night with a special event in association with the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Tim will be in conversation with DJ and fellow author, Vic Galloway, to discuss his second publication, Tim Book Two, and their shared love of live music, vinyl and festivals. Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017 takes place 12-28 August.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party - Mound Stage

Assembly Hall, The Mound
A photo of the four members of Brass Gumbo, playing (left to right) saxophone, trombone, trumpet and tuba

In a special collaboration with the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, this year's Mound Stage will feature the immense musical talents of three of Edinburgh's hottest bands, Brass Gumbo, James Brown is Annie and Blues 'n' Trouble. The three are firm favourites at the summer Jazz Festival and are sure to knock the socks off Street Partiers who head up to the top of the Mound. 2017's Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival will take place from 14-23 July.

Sunday 1 January 2017

Film Festival special screenings

Filmhouse Cinema, Lothian Road
A photo of the exterior of Edinburgh's Filmhouse cinema

As one of the three festivals celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2017 (the others being the Fringe and International Festival), Edinburgh International Film Festival has arranged special Filmhouse screenings of two classic films from their 1977 programme, Annie Hall and Assault on Precinct 13. Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 takes place from 21 June - 2 July.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay runs from 30 December 2016 - 1 January 2017. Find out more about the Festival, including links to programme and ticketing details.

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Image credits:

  • Edinburgh's Hogmanay Midnight Moment - Chris Watt
  • Science Festival Buskers - Chris Scott
  • Tim Burgess - Robin Mair
  • Brass Gumbo - Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
  • Every Woman (Dazzle Ship) - Ross McLean
  • Tales of a Grandson - Brian Hartley
  • Storytelling Centre - Edinburgh Festivals
  • Filmhouse - Edinburgh Festivals

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