FESTIVAL EVENT – The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Monday 29th August 2016

Edinburgh International Fireworks 2015

Edinburgh International Fireworks 2015. Photo by Dave Stewart.

The 2016 Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks Concert will take place on Monday 29th August at 9.30pm.

In a celebration of dance, the concert sets stirring and delightful music with an outstanding and sparkling visual extravaganza. The breathtaking fireworks display is specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision.

Tickets are available for the Ross Bandstand and Princes Street Gardens will be available through the Edinburgh International Festival website.

Over 400,000 fireworks choreographed to live orchestral music played by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will light up the sky over Edinburgh against the unique backdrop of the iconic Castle. The event – the largest fireworks concert of its type in the world – is enjoyed by around 250,000 people all over town.

Prokofiev’s vibrant ballet music for Romeo and Juliet takes in the swaggering machismo of the ‘Dance of the Knights’, known to million as the theme from The Apprentice, as well as rousing ‘Morning Dance’ and dramatic ‘The Fight’.

The Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story feature some of the composer’s most memorable music from his landmark Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical; flamboyant, catchy and unutterably cool, accompanied by a glittering disease of pyrotechnics from the Edinburgh Castle ramparts. The concert concludes with the pomp and exuberance of Shostakovich’s joyful Festive Overture.

Exceptional young Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska conducts Edinburgh’s own Scottish Chamber Orchestra in this spectacular evening of music and sparkling visuals.

Viewing around Edinburgh 

Tickets are not required to watch the Fireworks at the viewing area at Inverleith Park.

You can also watch the Fireworks from locations such as Calton Hill, Salisbury Crags, Bruntsfield Links etc. Anywhere with a view of Edinburgh Castle is good as the fireworks light up the Edinburgh sky.

Visible from around town

Visible from around town

This year it takes place on Monday 31st August

This year it takes place on Monday 29th August, photo by Don Munro.

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