- Published: Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:13
- Written by Sharon Aitken
Edinburgh's New Town, part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage area, is 250 years old this year!
In celebration of this milestone and as a signature event in Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, an atmospheric lumière experience has been developed, highlighting the city's beautiful Georgian architecture and bringing its original residents back to life, right in the heart of the New Town.
The Georgian Shadows event launched on 23 February with an introductory walking tour ending here at Assembly Rooms.
After taking in the shadows, guests were welcomed into Assembly Rooms by Georgian stilt walkers before gathering in the ballroom for a champagne and cocktail reception (mixed by our fantastic bar team) to mingle with Georgian characters of the past. Assembly Rooms was the perfect venue as the event marked not only a celebration of the New Town 250 year anniversary but our own 230th anniversary in 2017.
Many people were in attendance listening to speeches from Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture Convener; Marie Christie, Head of Development at Visit Scotland and Robin Worsnop, Chair of Edinburgh Tourism Action Group. Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh gave the opening speech at Dundas House before our tour set off.
Shona Clelland, Cultural Venues Development Manager said:
“We were extremely honoured to be hosting such a milestone celebration of Edinburgh’s New Town, made all the more special that we are celebrating our own 230th anniversary. A great deal of work and planning has gone into the celebration from many partners including Visit Scotland, ETAG, Essential Edinburgh and Edinburgh Council and it was fantastic having everyone in the room together for the official launch. We were extremely pleased with the responses from everyone.”
Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows offered a glimpse into the lives of the original residents, as projections and silhouette bring the Georgians back to life. The event formed a trail through the original Georgian New Town, from St Andrew Square to Charlotte Square. Visitors got to admire the city's architectural treasures and look out for the Georgian characters as they explored.
Photo credits: Simon Williams Photography