Final Fireworks Tickets on Sale


The final allocation of tickets for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert go on sale on Saturday 3 September at 10.00am, available only from the counter of Hub Tickets, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh.

The annual spectacular finale to the Edinburgh International Festival, the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert takes place in Princes Street Gardens on Sunday 4 September at 9.00pm. The performance will be relayed to the Virgin Money Family Viewing Area at Inverleith Park which will once again boast enhanced visual and audio facilities for families to enjoy.

The show promises Eastern-inspired, exotic music performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with conductor Garry Walker, and includes a dazzling choreographed fireworks display against the unique backdrop of Edinburgh’s iconic castle.

The dramatic concert will begin at 9.00pm after local Firestarter Megan Blair, aged 9 from Tranent, presses the launch button and the sky lights up with over 100,000 fireworks.

The orchestra will perform the overture from Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla, which tells the story of the abduction of a Russian Princess on her wedding day; the Oriental Procession from Belshazzar’s Feast by Sibelius, a musical interpretation of a prophecy from the Book of Daniel; Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, composed to celebrate the twenty-fifth year of the reign of Emperor Alexander II; The Blackmoor’s Dance from Nielsen’s Aladdin Suite, written as the finale for a performance of the Arabian tale; extracts from Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballet The Nutcracker, the instantly recognisable Russian, Chinese and Arabian dances; and as a finale a second offering from Borodin, the Polovtsian Dances from the unfinished opera Prince Igor.

Festival fans need to get to The Hub early to purchase tickets as the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert is a hugely popular event with tickets snapped up quickly
Audiences are encouraged to submit their photos from the event on Twitter using the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert hashtag #vmfireworks. All pictures posted with this tag will automatically be entered into the Festival’s Fireworks Photography competition, with the best picture winning a pair of tickets for the concert in 2012.

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert microsite features a wealth of information on how to make the most of this spectacular event, including picnic ideas, transport information and a live Twitter feed connecting Fireworks Fans on the night. Further information on the event can be found at:

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