Daily Archives: July 22, 2015

Countdown to the 66th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The iconic Edinburgh Tattoo is fast approaching.royal-edinburgh-military-tattoo-logo

The 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will begin on August 7th and run until the 29th. The theme of this year’s event is East Meets West. The 90-minute production will showcase around 1,200 talented performers, many of whom are of Scottish descent — but the international theme promises acts from everywhere from Germany to Nepal.edinburgh-tattoo-travel-packages (1)

With Edinburgh Castle setting the scene, singers, dancers, pipers, and drummers will come together before massive audiences. The 2015 Edinburgh Tattoo line-up includes Switzerland’s famous percussion group, ‘Top Secret Drum Corps,’ as well as the new addition of an appearance by the UK’s Royal Air Force. And for the first time, Charleston’s 70-piece Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will travel from South Carolina to perform. Alongside the music will be a light display, illuminating the castle in color and complementing the sights and sounds on stage. Every show will end in a display of fireworks.

A “Tattoo” is a ceremonial performance given by military musicians. They traditionally take place in the evening. “Tattoo” comes from the old term “tap toe,” which was a call for last orders in the tavern before soldiers were sent off to bed. The first official Edinburgh Tattoo occured in 1950. Since then, over 48 other countries have taken part. The audience is also always filled with international spectators. In the past 65 years, over 13 million people have attended the Tattoo.royal-edinburgh-tattoo-melbourne-2016

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo coincides with city’s various summer festivals. The Tattoo keeps Scottish flair and history alive, even as it celebrates international relations. Each August the city fills with excited tourists and locals alike. The annual audience is made up of around 217,000 people who are eager to experience the Scottish tradition.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Tattoo’s official website.

Preview the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in this video:

All images via events.com.au

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East to Edinburgh: Experience The Festival Fringe in New York

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If you can’t make it to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe, have a taste of the exciting performances in New York City.

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Every August since 1947, the city of Edinburgh has played host to a festival celebrating the arts. Today this festival, known as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is the biggest arts festival in the world. Visitors from all over the world flock to Scotland’s capital every summer in order to view dramatic performances, listen to music, attend exhibits, and wander the lively, crowded streets.

broadwatBefore the festival even begins, the 59E59 Theater company is hosting a preview of the Fringe fun. 59E59 is an off-Broadway theater complex which hosts the East to Edinburgh Festival every year. This festival gives audiences an opportunity to preview the American acts being taken over to Scotland, and performers an opportunity to practice their acts before a live audience.

The festival only lasts for limited time, as the Festival Fringe starts in Edinburgh on August 7th. This year’s performances are as follows:

Bettie Davis Ain’t For Sissies –  July 8-21

Raft – July 18-22

Derby Day –  July 21 – 25

Trans Scripts – July 23 – 26

These Troubled Times – July 23 – 24

 Ferdinand – July 25 – 26

Bug Bite – July 25 – 26

Learn more about the East to Edinburgh Festival and the acts here.

All images via ticketcentral.com

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Sights and Sounds from the Edinburgh Festival Carnival

On Sunday, July 19, the fourth annual Edinburgh Festival Carnival took to the streets, drawing a crowd of over 20,000.

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The parade performers hailing from Edinburgh include Edinburgh Samba School, Chinese Dragon, Brass Gumbo and Pulse of the Place — but those involved in the festival were not only from Scotland. There were dancers from Capetown, acrobats from Zambia, drummers from Holland, circus acts from Serbia, and more.  A total of 700 performers started at The Mound and danced through the city, despite a downpour of Scottish rain.

The Edinburgh Festival Carnival was originally set up in 1978 by Mike Hart, a Scottish banjo-player and guitarist. At first, the festival consisted of traditional jazz acts performed at free events in pubs. Over the years, events grew into large, ticketed affairs and the music  began to include other genres.360181-edinburgh-festival-carnival

Today, many international guests attend and perform at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. The musical festivities will continue until July 26. To see a complete timetable of the festival’s performances, visit their official website.

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To view more photographs from the festival, visit the STV Edinburgh article here.

All images via STV Edinburgh

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