FESTIVAL EVENT – Fanfare, Sunday 23rd August 2015, Edinburgh


Fergus Linehan launches the Fanfare event ©-Stuart-Armitt

Fergus Linehan launches the Fanfare event

Fanfare is a city-wide event that harnesses the enormous forces of Scotland’s community of brass bands by working with the Scottish Brass Band Association to present a day of free performances for everyone to enjoy, inspired by the performances of En avant, marche!

Taking place on Sunday 23rd August 2015 at 12 noon, 3pm and 5pm, audiences across the city will be able to share the joy and passion of the live brass band. Everyone will be listening to the same pieces of music at the same time in at least 12 different locations around the city.

Programme of music

Programme of music

The first brass bands, many of which still exist today, were formed in Scotland in the early 1800s and are among the earliest forms of music ensemble in the country. Hundreds of bands grew up in both urban and rural areas as working people seized the opportunity to share their creativity and talent. The brass band was, and still is, an art form that is from, of, and for local communities.

Fanfare aims to capture this spirit of community by inviting everyone in the city to experience the joy of brass band music together.

Fanfare map

Fanfare map

Download the map (PDF, opens in new window)


  1. Graham’s Garden,Balerno
  2. Currie Kirk
  3. Spylaw Park
  4. Union Canal, Re-Union Barge (not a static performance)
  5. Water of Leith Visitor Centre
  6. Saughton Rose Gardens
  7. Harrison Park (was Roseburn park)
  8. Gallery of Modern Art
  9. St Bernard’s Well, Stockbridge
  10. Royal Botanic Gardens
  11. St Mark’s Park
  12. The Shore
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