Part three of the FareWell drone performance is happening tonight, and people can stream it for free

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The final part of Edinburgh’s spectacular Hogmanay drone airs tonight as the city prepares to bring in the bells in a most unusual way

The bars, restaurants and streets of the Scottish capital are usually packed when people toast the New Year with friends and family

However, people will start at home and on their own household in 2021 only if we try to protect ourselves and others during the Covid-19 pandemic

This year, with no street party or parties of any kind, visitors to Edinburgh Hogmanay launched a spectacular drone show called FareWell that people can enjoy from the comfort of their own sofas

Parts one and two were shown this week, and the final installment will be available tonight.It will be streamed for free on the Edinburgh Hogmanay website at 7pm, all you have to do to tune in is to tune in register

The show will feature 150 drones and the voices of David Tennant, Siobhan Redmond, Lorne MacFadyen and Jackie Kay, the Scottish Makar, Kay wrote a poem especially for the occasion saying, “These days and nights – everyone in his own own bubbles – it was a magical experience to form a virtual creative bubble to turn this new piece into a magical meeting of music Poem and drone to say goodbye to all the difficulties of 2020 and a preliminary hello for the coming year

“We had to dig deep this year and find new ways to be creative at the bottom of the well! And what we came up with surprised us all. Art has never been so intimate”

The drone show will “reflect on world events this year before looking at the turn of the year and our hopes for 2021”

In part three tonight, the drones will feature a series of images depicting the birth of a new year, two hands touching, and an “emotional and hopeful close” with drones saying “WE ARE ONE – 2021 spell “

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, Directors of Underbelly and Producers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, added, “Over the past four months we’ve innovated with an amazing creative team to design and produce this world class event at Fare Well Scotland’s unique position as the home of Hogmanay meant that we had the challenge of responding so that Scotland and Edinburgh could maintain their pole position in the world’s New Years celebrations. First of all, we wanted to send out messages of reflection and hope; and we believe we did this with the collaboration between the creatives and their wonderful, innovative and imaginative work. The result is truly engaging and groundbreaking and we are excited to finally show the spectacle to the world ”

“We would like to express our tremendous thanks to our partners, Edinburgh City Council, the Scottish Government, EventScotland and Creative Scotland, for their help in making the Hogmanay project in Edinburgh a reality”

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