You're In Luck
Fortune always smiles on visitors to the Scottish capital. It takes just one taste of Edinburgh's festivals to know your luck is in. That is especially true with Edinburgh's Hogmanay which, in its 20th year, is making sure 2013 will be lucky for everyone.
"It's 2013 and we wanted to make much of that number," says festival director Pete Irvine. "We wanted to embrace it and make it auspicious. We want to explore the whole notion of luck and take our chances together."
With that in mind, Irvine has branded 1 January 2013 as Your Lucky Day and programmed an afternoon of luck-related games, performances and activities. Things kick off at the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street where you'll pick up your lucky dice. The number you throw will determine which of the 13 venues in the Old Town you'll go to next.
You could find yourself salsa dancing to Brazilian rhythms at The Favela of Fate, experiencing an offbeat reinterpretation of afternoon tea in The Lucky Tearoom or enjoying a session with psychologist Richard Wiseman as he talks about The Luck Factor.
"We're putting ourselves in the hands of fate," says Irvine who is rounding off his three-day festival with Big Bang, a spectacular street-theatre show by France's Plasticiens Volants about the creation of the universe.
All this follows a packed line-up of the kind of events that have made Edinburgh's Hogmanay famous across the world. They range from the atmospheric pleasures of the Torchlight Procession and the Candlelit Concert in St Giles' Cathedral to the rousing celebration of the Street Party, featuring Admiral Fallow and the Maccabees, and the Concert in the Gardens with headliners Simple Minds.
That's in addition to a carnival, a ceilidh, a baby disco, a triathlon and dog sled races, not forgetting the Loony Dook in which the brave and the foolhardy take to the waters near the Forth Rail Bridge for a new year bathe. With so much going on, Edinburgh's Hogmanay is one gamble that always pays off.
Edinburgh's Hogmanay, 30 December 2012–1 January 2013