250th anniversary of New Town Plan celebrated at Edinburgh Georgian Shadows event

Published on : Thursday, February 2, 2017

1An enchanting event coming to Edinburgh this February will bring the city’s Georgian New Town to life, celebrating its 250th birthday and Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.


Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows will offer a glimpse into the lives of the original residents, as projections and silhouette bring the Georgians back to life. The event forms a trail through the original Georgian New Town, from St Andrew Square to Charlotte Square. Visitors can admire the city’s architectural treasures and look out for the Georgian characters as they explore.


In St Andrew Square a lumière display will tell the story of the New Town plan with a stunning digital fly-through recreating how it looked when it was first built. Edinburgh’sGeorgian Shadows’ architectural lighting will also see six of the city’s most iconic historical buildings come to life in this creative event telling the story of Edinburgh’s influential past.


Launching on 23 February and running until 26 March 2017, the event will officially kick off the events commemorating the 250th anniversary of James Craig’s plan for the New Town and will be a fascinating addition to the dark winter nights. Edinburgh’s classically inspired Georgian New Town is considered a masterpiece of city planning, and together with the Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.


Complementing the buildings used, the visual stories will show the city’s architectural highlights often missed by day and introduce celebrated characters like Sir Walter Scott and James Craig – the 28-year old, visionary architect behind the New Town, glimpsed with his faithful dog.


Visual displays will stretch through Edinburgh’s New Town with each location telling a different story. In St Andrew Square the visual lumière will give a dusk-time glimpse on some of the earliest residents of Georgian Edinburgh, the Melville Monument adding to the story with a recreated “fly-through” of the New Town Plan, while at the Assembly Rooms (celebrating its 230th birthday) visitors will peek into the derrying-do at Georgian parties.


Visitors can enjoy Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows at six feature buildings including Dundas House on St Andrew Square, the Assembly Rooms on George Street, General Register House on Princes Street, Sir Walter Scott’s home at 39 Castle Street and Bute House on Charlotte Square.


Source:-Visit Scotland

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