Lasers and lights for extra-special Hogmanay

A photo of Edinburgh during the Hogmanay midnight moment with huge crowds on the streets and spectacular fireworks bursting over the city centre

Every 31 December, at the stroke of midnight, Edinburgh's Hogmanay turns the skies over the city into a truly spectacular sight - and with the new year a very special one for Edinburgh's Festivals, the 2016/17 midnight moment is set to be the most incredible yet. 

To mark the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh's festivals heritage, an amazing laser and light show will accompany the already-breathtaking midnight fireworks and start the celebrations in style.

The show is expected to be visible for up to 30 miles around the city, and those further afield can watch as well, with a worldwide television broadcast to 200 countries and territories.

Penny Dougherty and Al Thomson, directors of the organisers, Unique Events, said: 

As the final festival of 2016 and the first of 2017, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will bring in the New Year with an extra special Midnight Moment to launch the 70th anniversary year of Edinburgh as the world’s leading festival city. A full light and laser show will complement our world famous midnight fireworks, visible across the skies of Edinburgh and beyond. 
We are proud to be one of Edinburgh’s Festivals, working with our friends and colleagues across the Festival family to keep our small city on the world stage, welcoming the world to the Home of Hogmanay. 

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop added: 

Scotland is the world-renowned home of Hogmanay and while there is a wide variety of exciting local Hogmanay celebrations up and down the country, the spectacular of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has the special addition of marking the start of Edinburgh Festival’s 70th anniversary in 2017.
To help celebrate the 70th anniversary, Scottish Government has provided £90,000 funding towards this year’s Midnight Moment, a visual and memorable extravaganza to welcome in 2017. Edinburgh’s Festivals contribute £313 million a year to the Scottish economy as a whole, and the 70th anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the valuable cultural influence of our well-loved festivals.

A screengrab from an old news reel report on Edinburgh's then-new festival. The image shows a radio transmitter behind the words 'Edinburgh Ready For Its Festival'

Edinburgh's festivals tradition began in 1947, when three new festivals burst onto the city's cultural scene: the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Film Festival

In the intervening years, their numbers have grown and Edinburgh now features a range of major festivals spread throughout the year. A number of these will play a part in this year's Edinburgh's Hogmanay, including: 

Cllr Richard Lewis, Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion, said:

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay promises to deliver a colourful and truly international countdown to 2017. The 24th anniversary of Hogmanay will feature flavours of all of the city’s major festivals as it heralds this milestone year.
We hope you can join us as we mark the 70 year anniversary of Edinburgh, The Festival City - the world’s platform for art and culture - starting with a New Year’s celebration like no other.

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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