Message from the Skies…

1 – 25 January 2018

New Year’s Resurrection

See Edinburgh in a brand new light this New Year! Take a literary journey through the city, and read a new story, New Year’s Resurrection, by leading Scottish writer Val McDermid told through projections onto Edinburgh’s buildings and landmarks. 

Free event, no ticket required

In the first UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and Edinburgh International Book Festival have commissioned Val McDermid to write a short story that will be told through projections onto buildings and landmarks around Edinburgh. McDermid will collaborate with dramaturg, Philip Howard, Edinburgh based projection company Double Take Projections and some of Scotland’s best soundscape artists to bring the story to life.

Message from the Skies runs from New Year’s Day to Burns Night.

Explore the city as you read, starting from The Signet Library, moving from location to location to discover the next part of the story. Each building or landmark is its own chapter, so you can enjoy the whole story in one evening or over a period of time.

The accompanying app, available at the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android), translates the story into seven languages (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Simplified Chinese and Spanish) and an audio description will be available for visually impaired visitors.  

See the winning entries of the Message from the Skies Short Story Competition projected from 02.01.18 at 4pm – 5pm daily at three of the locations in the story.

Commissioned and presented by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Produced by Underbelly and Pearlfisher, in partnership with Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

Funded by Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals EXPO fund.

Important Info

  • The starting point is The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF
  • This is a free event, no ticket required.
  • The projections will run daily from 1 to 25 January, from dusk 5pm until 10pm.
  • As this is an outdoor walking event in winter, please dress comfortably and for the weather.
  • Download the Message from the Skies App at the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).  Requires the following operating systems: iOS 10+, Android: 4.1+.
  • Full Terms & Conditions for the Message from the Skies App can be found here.

Crime novelist Val McDermid’s story projected on to landmarks…

Three young writers have joined crime author Val McDermid to see their work projected onto landmarks and buildings as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations.

Visitors can take a literary journey to read New Year’s Resurrection, a new short story by McDermid, which is being projected onto locations around the city each day from 5pm to 10pm until January 25.

The story for the Message from the Skies project was commissioned by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Lights Up the Skies In 2018…

After the explosive opening to 2018 of the fireworks display above Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay continues with a specially commissioned story writ large in light on Edinburgh buildings.

Edinburgh kicked off the New Year with a nine-minute fireworks display above Edinburgh Castle. The “Midnight Moment” was choreographed to a specially commissioned soundscape created by Skye band Niteworks and sound designer and film composer Dan Jones in collaboration with fireworks experts Titanium.

A full capacity crowd of 75,000 were regaled by a huge range of fireworks including brand new ones called planets which have fizzy sherbet middles, while a drum solo in the middle was choreographed to showers of pink and gold arrows ricocheting into the night sky.
Concert in the Gardens headliner Rag’n’Bone Man led a rousing rendition of the traditional Auld Lang Syne.

Storm Dylan
In previous years high winds have forced the organisers to cancel the Hogmanay street party at the last minute. There were similar fears this year when Princes Street was temporarily closed to pedestrians earlier in the day after a part of a stage was blown over.

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