Through the innovative use of lighting, this event will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Edinburgh’s New Town, bringing the Georgian past to life in the context of a modern city.
Using lighting in inventive, creative ways, this event will reveal the story of the New Town, one of the centrepieces of the UNESCO World Heritage designation, celebrating the architectural heritage highlights, its first inhabitants and characters including James Craig, the architect of the New Town.
Six of the New Town’s most interesting and history-rich buildings will be lit, becoming key features during the winter evenings. The lighting will complement the buildings’ architectural features, purpose and standing to create a visual artwork. While walking through the streets shopping or going to a restaurant, visitors can soak up the history of each building as facts and stories come alive on the frontages.
In St Andrew Square, a lumière piece will tell of the people who went about their lives there in Georgian times.