Edinburgh Festival fireworks display to end after 40 years as organisers fail to find sponsor

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Edinburgh International Festival’s annual closing fireworks display is set to fizzle out after 40 years.

The Edinburgh Castle event, which has been a tradition since 1982 and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators, will not run this summer due to a lack of sponsor.

The 45-minute show has not taken place for the past three years because of the COVID pandemic.

As well as a ticketed spot within Princes Street Gardens, people could also watch for free from Princes Street or other viewing points across the capital.

A festival spokesperson said they are now looking into plans for a large-scale event that would replace future displays.

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They said: “The international festival won’t be staging the fireworks this year.

“We will be speaking with the other August festivals and the City of Edinburgh Council to see what form a large-scale closing event might take in the future, that would replace the fireworks.

“The fireworks have always been dependent on a major sponsor, and we do not have one to support the event this year.

“We are in discussion about future closing events with a broad range of partners.”

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The 76th edition, taking place between 4-27 August, will mark Nicola Benedetti’s first year as festival director and will feature music, theatre, comedy, dance and opera shows.

A number of free events will take place, including the opening celebration and music in Charlotte Square.

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