The Edinburg International Festival recently came to a close with a big bang. Every August, the festival transforms the beautiful city of Scotland into an exhilarating world stage where the finest creators and performers can share their art and passion with everyone. Putting an exclamation point on the end of this popular summer event, a spectacular firework show accompanied a 45-minute musical concert by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Thousands of spectators gathered to watch the colorful display of fireworks light up above the historic Edinburgh Castle. A team of more than 15 pyrotechnicians took seven days to lay out the fireworks on17 different levels of the castle, from the ramparts to the top of Castle Rock. All in all, more than 100,000 fireworks were used in the spectacular festival grand finale.
Some of the special pyrotechnic effects included an opening volley, three 200ft-high rippling red comet stars rolling across the sky, and a "waterfall" effect made from of 70 firing units laid out for 118-ft across the castle. The amazing waterfall of fire lasted for approximately one minute and dropped 131ft down the Castle Rock to the “oohs and ahhs” of the crowd.
During the three-week long festival, an unusually wet summer brought much rain to the event. But on finale night, the skies were perfect and the show was not at all dampened. Both visitors and residents alike agreed that the stunning firework show and musical arrangement was the perfect way to close the annual festival.