Behind The Scenes Film

Come behind the scenes with us for a look at the making of Edinburgh's Hogmanay - Fare Well

This year Edinburgh's Hogmanay is very different as it goes fully online for the first time in its history! 

Over three nights we will be bringing to life a beautiful poem written by Scots Makar (Scotland's National Poet) Jackie Kay.  A true celebration of Scottish culture, we've been working with a stellar line-up of writers, actors and musicians to bring everything together:

Writer: Jackie Kay

Appointed as the Scots Makar in 2016, Jackie's role is to celebrate Scotland's poetic past, while creating new work and promoting the poetry of today.  Jackie was commissioned to write a 3-part poem, titled Fare Well and from 29th-31st December a visual extravaganza will be broadcast from into living rooms all around the world. 

Drone Display and Film Production: Celestial 

Celestial is the world’s only drone display company that combines advanced technology with breathtaking organic performance. They are a collective of award-winning film makers, musicians, developers and storytellers. Celestial are pioneers in their field with their Skytheatre displays being dynamic and awe-inspiring as can be seen in Fare Well. They see the night sky as an epic 3D screen capable of unlimited possibilities.

Narrators: David Tennant, Siobhan Redmond and Lorne MacFadyen

Adding to the Scottish line-up of talent working on Edinburgh's Homanay this year, we have a stellar cast lending their voices to this year's project.  With credits including Dr Who, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire and Broadchurch, David Tennant is one of Scotland's best-known actors.  Siobhan Redmond of Taggart, Grantchester and Behind the Lines fame joins the cast, alongside Lorne MacFadyen who recently starred in ITV's Tina and Bobby and The Outlaw King.

Music: Niteworks

Music is synonymous with Hogmanay celebrations and this year is no different with Skye-based Celtic fusion group Niteworks providing a specially commissioned new piece of work for the event.  Taking inspiration from Jackie's poem and the theme of Fare Well, the Celtic notes will steer you on an emotional journey over the three nights.

Visuals: Gary Wilson

Based in Edinburgh, animator and illustrator Gary Wilson takes inspiration from his Scottish surroundings within his work.  His visual creativity will be prominent throughout the event this year.