The three day Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival, produced by Unique Events on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, kicked off with the Torchlight Procession and attracted over 7,500 torchbearers & 20,000 participants who joined the procession winding through the city centre to the finale. During the Son et Lumière finale Edinburgh’s Hogmanay launched ‘Scotland’s Hogmanay’ – the celebration of 2014, Scotland’s Big Year – with the viewing preview of the ‘2014 Moment’ which will be seen around Scotland at 8.14pm on Hogmanay night. The flagship Concert in the Gardens tomorrow will be headlined by Pet Shop Boys and the spectacular midnight fireworks rising from Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill will be set to music and, together with the displays in Stirling and Inverness, will contain the 2014 bespoke sequence to celebrate Scotland’s Hogmanay and Homecoming Scotland.
On New Year’s day, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay presents Scot:Lands – a journey around nine atmospheric venues – both well-known and less discovered - in Edinburgh’s Old Town, each curated and customised by notable artists and arts organisations from all over Scotland. A cultural feast of free events on the first day of 2014, Feeling brave? New Year’s Day revellers can work off the excess of the night afore with a dip in the River Forth in the annual Homecoming Scotland Loony Dook.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay showcases Scotland on the international stage every year; appearing on global news channels, and capturing the imagination of the world at the midnight moment. Once again we are supporting the spectacular Torchlight Procession on December 30th, which signals the start of three days of celebrations. This year Hogmanay will be the event that signals the start of Homecoming Scotland, and there couldn’t be a more fitting way to kick off a year where Scotland will welcome the world. With the Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup and a packed programme throughout Homecoming, Scotland really is the place to be next year. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the home of Hogmanay, which makes this event in the capital so special every year.”
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