Edinburgh Hogmanay 17/18

Struan curated and directed the Street Party  for Edinburgh Hogmanay ‘18 - a six hour party for 65,000 people.  This new look animation of the streets was a game changer for this, the ultimate and original Hogmanay Street Party from the opening of the doors at 7pm until folk were piped home by our own Divas And District Pipes and Drums at 1AM, on New Year's morning.

Overseen and conceived by Struan and working with a creative team of international events creators, bringing together a mix of traditional and extraordinary elements to create a night to remember.  From the domestic to the epic this party had all the possibilities of a Scottish Hogmany,  Scottish Country Dancing, a sing-a-long, a disco and few drinks too.  It was so exciting folk were climbing the walls -  well, All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre were.

Three huge Greetin’ Grannies, created with local puppeteers Vision Mechanics, and standing at over 3.5 metres high danced and welcomed the party goers as "first foots" to "Oor hoose".   When the whole evening got too much for them all, the tears started to flow.  But they had a "wee sweetie" to give away and keep the energy flowing!

Along the length of Princes Street marched the 35 Ladies of the specially created “Divas and District Pipes and Drums” playing a mix of traditional and rock and pop music sets. They were led by Louise Marshall, Lord Provost of Edinburgh’s Piper, resplendent with their splashes of Hogmanay Tartan pipe covers, garters and drone flags.  They met with Spark! LED drummers for a drum battle that brought the centre of Princes Street to a standstill while the drummers from each band jostled and played, ultimately coming together in a unison crescendo.

All the while our host Sanjeev Kholi, resplendent in Hogmanay Tartan kilt (designed and made by "Slanj – The Kiltmakers”), or when the wind picked up, his trews, cajoled and guided the crowds through the evening.

The "Got Soul Choir" led by Maryam Ghaffari sang “Don’t Stop Me Now!" from stages across the arena – and we were not about to. The Music stages opened and the bands lifted us to the next level.  The Mac Twins playing up a storm on the Castle Street DJ Stage and Bands on the other stages.

AlulaCyr, PyroCeltica, I Access Parkour and Delighters all got the performance stages going while five international aerial performers span, swung and amazed on the aerial tower on the mound.

 

The Finale of the Midnight fireworks reached a whole new level with a commissioned soundtrack by NiteWorks, from the Isle of Skye, created in collaboration with sound designer Dan Jones. In response, Titanium created a display that had jaws dropping.  All rounded off with Rag’n’Bone Man singing “Auld Lang Syne”.

 

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!

Struan on "The Best Street Party Ever"

© 2019 Struan Leslie