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Edinburgh Festival to kick off with free celebration

posted 3 Apr 2015, 06:07 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 3 Apr 2015, 06:13 ]

The Edinburgh International Festival is to stage a huge free celebration in and around its flagship concert hall to herald the start of a new era for the event.

Organisers hope thousands of music fans and festival-goers will fill the Usher Hall and the streets outside the historic venue for a curtain-raiser planned to be broadcast around the world.

It is hoped crowds will spill over onto nearby Festival Square, in the city’s culture quarter, with the added possibility of also stopping the traffic on Lothian Road for what is planned to be an annual event.