Video: Edinburgh Festival finale goes off with a bang

The Edinburgh Festival came to a thrilling end tonight with the annual Virgin Money Fireworks Concert.

Edinburgh Festival fireworks. Picture: Ian Georgeson

More than four tonnes of explosives and 400,000 fireworks lit up the skies around Edinburgh Castle and brought the curtain down on a month of theatre, comedy, opera, music and art.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra accompanied the display with a live performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture.

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Thousands came out to Princes St Gardens and streets around the city centre to watch the dramatic display set against the backdrop of Castle Rock.

Edinburgh Festival fireworks. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The Fringe and International Festival box offices saw record ticket sales this year, their 70th year.

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Edinburgh Festival fireworks. Picture: Ian Georgeson