Edinburgh Festival Fireworks

Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world’s most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts – for everyone. This culminates in one great spectacle – the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks.


The entire city is brought alive during The Edinburgh Festival as people travel from across the UK as well as from further afield to witness brilliant comedy, dance, visual art and music shows. Some of these are performed by amateurs, whilst there is also an abundance of more established artists too. As The Daily Telegraph said – ‘not just the most thrilling, beguiling, preposterously enjoyable place on Earth; it is also wonderfully addictive.’ Or as The Spectator suggested, ‘you can sleep in September’. You can sleep indeed, but once the flames from the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks have been extinguished.

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This year was the 66th annual Edinburgh Festival since it began in 1947. The Festival grew out of the rubble of the Second World War to lift the spirits of those affected by the tragic war time happenings across Europe. Although comedy, music, art and dance do lift people’s spirits, nothing can do so with quite the same amount of gusto as a supreme firework display! At least that’s what we think here at Fireworks Den.


The Edinburgh Festival Fireworks took place this year on 1st September at 9pm for 45 minutes. The venue was Carlton Hill, right by the famous Edinburgh Castle. The 45 minute Edinburgh Festival Fireworks display was accompanied by music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 4 tonnes of fireworks were lit that night, which included the popular ‘waterfall of white light’ which cascaded down the sides of Castle Rock. This sees silver fireworks cascade 131 feet down the Castle rock – coarse aluminium flakes cause the fireworks to descend while fine aluminium flakes gives the display its silvery whiteness.


It is estimated that it took the pyrotechnic experts an entire week to set up the fireworks in order to synchronise perfectly with the live music. These were said to be placed at 17 different levels beneath Edinburgh Castle. With spectators numbering more than 250,000, the organisers wanted to get it right! There was certainly great anticipation for the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks – as this taster commercial for ticket sales was released, it whet the appetites of firework fans from far and wide!


So if that was the taster, what did the actual Edinburgh Fesitval Fireworks look like? Many spectators took videos which we are sure will appear on You Tube soon, however we have already found this one which gives a pretty good idea of what happened. Wow! What a show! If any of readers here at Fireworks Den were lucky enough to see and capture the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks, please send us your footage! There may even be a little prize in there for you!


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