Opening Night @ The Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015
This year’s Tattoo is a fun show with great talent from across the world, from China to South Carolina.
Around 20,000 people attended the spectacular opening event of the Edinburgh International Festival on Friday 7 August 2015.
The Tattoo this season has as its theme: East meets West. The international flavour of the Tattoo has been deliberately developed as a key element to entertain a huge, cosmopolitan audience. The Tattoo’s unique ability to bring together thousands of people for this annual celebration of music and entertainment continues and the public’s appetite for pomp and ceremony shows no sign of declining.
One of the many highlights was the fabulously energised dancing of the Bollywood dancers and the dragon dancers who were captivating. The Changxing Lotus Dragon Dance Folklore Group, visiting Scotland for the first time, told the story of a great dragon emerging from a pond covered in beautiful lotus flowers.
But one of the prettiest and liveliest performances was given by the fiddles from Shetland. 40 fiddlers, aged from 14 to 60 played at the Tattoo for the second time this year.
There will be flypasts on 8, 10, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21 August with RAF aircraft of all kinds from transport planes to Typhoons scheduled to make an appearance. And a fireworks display over the Castle at the end.
TATTOO’S PARADE @ GLASGOW A REPORT
600 performers from the Scottish Capital’s showpiece military event presented on 11 August a flavour of this summer’s East Meets West-themed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (on until 29th August) with a colourful parade and performance in Glasgow’s George Square.
The Tattoo procession took the locality of the City’s principal civic square by storm as performers paid their respects to Glasgow’s First Citizen, Provost Sadie Docherty, who took the salute outside the City Chambers, while the city centre came alive to the captivating sights and sounds of Edinburgh’s world-famous Military Tattoo.
Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer Brigadier David Allfrey, said: “We were pleased to offer both locals and visitors an opportunity to enjoy some of this month’s breath-taking production with its spectacular multi-talented cast.”
Attractions such as the enthralling Lotus Dragon Dancers from Changxing, Switzerland’s amazing Top Secret Drum Corps, from Charleston in South Carolina the remarkable Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes along with the talented Bollywood Dance troupe from New Delhi, provided an abundance of entertainment from around the world.
They featured alongside impressive displays from the Shetland Fiddlers, the Tattoo’s Highland Dancers, the Royal Air Force Band together with the celebrated Massed Pipes and Drums.
Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: “The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is in its 66th Year. It’s an enduring, unique and much loved spectacle. And Glasgow’s taster Tattoo is always a huge draw. People really love the music and performances. Toes will be tapping and hands will be clapping in George Square.”