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PETE IRVINE TO STEP DOWN AS DIRECTOR OF EDINBURGH’S HOGMANAY
Scotland's leading event producers Unique Events today announced that Pete Irvine is to step down as Director of Edinburgh's Hogmanay after more than two decades at the helm.
Pete has been instrumental in creating Scotland's flagship winter festival and positioning it on the world stage. He has also been the director and designer of a host of other events and festivals since forming Unique Events in 1992 and was the founding director of Regular Music, Scotland's first concert and music festival promoters.
In a personal statement, Pete said: "Almost 25 years ago it was my great privilege to be given the opportunity to create a new event (or festival as I subsequently proposed), to encompass the then ad hoc Hogmanay gathering and to celebrate the midnight moment in a way more fitting for Scotland's capital city. As I saw it, it was also an opportunity to light up the dark and curiously empty days around New Year and to show a new side and edge to a city whose cultural credentials were most closely associated with its August festivals.
Attracting audiences from the start in spirited tens of thousands, it was exhilarating to be part of that rare moment when the perception of a city changes as well as its perception of itself. We added the apostrophe to Edinburgh and proclaimed ourselves to be the authentic home of New Year celebrations: our magical city was the theatre, its citizens and visitors together were uniquely, the show.
Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2015/16 was once again in the hands of a longstanding and extraordinarily committed team and despite more than the usual challenges, was one of the smoothest running and most successful yet.
All events sold out; visitors came from 82 countries; there were
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