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2018 Edinburgh Torchlight Procession [4K/UHD]

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Hogmanay events in Edinburgh kicked off on Sunday 30th December 2018 with pipe, drum and dance bands leading the annual Torchlight Procession.

Sales of tickets for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival have soared in countries across the EU after organisers launched a charm offensive to celebrate Scotland’s relationship with the rest of Europe. Organisers have reported the most significant surges in bookings for the celebrations from Spain, Germany and Italy. The news emerged as the main street party was declared a 60,000 sell-out more than 24 hours in advance. They say the event will have significant echoes of the first Edinburgh International Festival, which was staged in the aftermath of the Second World War, to provide “a platform for the flowering of the human spirit”. The German band Meute has been asked to create a special soundtrack for the main fireworks display. The three-day Hogmanay festival, which got under way with a spectacular fire parade through the historic heart of the Old Town, have been promoted with a “We Love You” strapline this year to coincide with the run-up to Brexit. Thousands of torch-bearers formed an image of a love heart in the middle of a map of Scotland in Holyrood Park at the climax of the annual curtain-raiser, which brought tens of thousands of spectators on to the streets. Official Hogmanay celebrations were first organised in Edinburgh 25 years ago following the success of a one-off programme of winter events staged in the city to coincide with its hosting of an EU summit in December 1992. Members of Scotland's pioneering Celtic Fire Theatre company, PyroCeltica, in full Highland Warrior apparel with flaming claymores and fire staffs leading a torchlight procession down the Royal Mile during Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 30, 2018. See PA story SCOTLAND Hogmanay. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire Underbelly, the current producers of the Hogmanay festival, have invited street performers, musicians and DJs from France, Germany and Spain to take part in events. All three countries, along with Italy and the Netherlands, have been targeted in online marketing campaigns. Tickets have been sold to more than 80 countries, while organisers are also reporting record interest from international media arriving in Edinburgh to in cover the event.

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