Message from the Skies

A short story by Val McDermid will be told through projections onto buildings & landmarks in Edinburgh this New Year.

Message from the Skies

About Message from the Skies

New Year's Resurrection

See Edinburgh in a brand new light this New Year! Take a literary journey through the city, and read a new story, New Year's Resurrection, by leading Scottish writer Val McDermid told through projections onto Edinburgh’s buildings and landmarks.

Free event, no ticket required

In the first UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and Edinburgh International Book Festival have commissioned Val McDermid to write a short story that will be told through projections onto buildings and landmarks around Edinburgh. McDermid will collaborate with dramaturg, Philip Howard, Edinburgh based projection company Double Take Projections and some of Scotland’s best soundscape artists to bring the story to life.

Message from the Skies runs from New Year’s Day to Burns Night.

Explore the city as you read, moving from location to location to discover the next part of the story. Each building or landmark is its own chapter, so you can enjoy the whole story in one evening or over a period of time.

Our accompanying app will translate the story into different languages and an audio description will be available for visually impaired visitors.

Commissioned and presented by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Produced by Underbelly and Pearlfisher, in partnership with Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

Funded by Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals EXPO fund.

Important Info

​The starting point will be revealed in December 2017.

The projections will run daily from 1 to 25 January, from dusk (times to be confirmed) until 10pm.

As this is an outdoor walking event in winter, please dress comfortably and for the weather.

Photo Credit: Double Take Productions

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Message from the Skies are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Other Events at Various Venues or Edinburghs Hogmanay

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party

31st December 2018
Join people from around the world to bring in the New Year at one of the world's biggest and best outdoor parties!
Candlelit Concert at St. Giles’ Cathedral

Candlelit Concert at St. Giles’ Cathedral

31st December 2018
Come along to a festive celebration in the candlelit atmosphere of St Giles' Cathedral on 31st December.
Loony Dook

Loony Dook

1st January 2019
Loony Dook - Get 2019 off to a fresh start with a bracing fundraising New Year's Day dip in the freezing River Forth!

Exhibitions Events you might like...

Venice Abstracted
Venice Abstracted
15th Aug 2018 - 22nd Aug 2018
Edinburgh East
Need a break from the Festival crowds? Then come alone to this photographic exhibition featuring work by Fi Phillips in Dr Neil's garden overlooking Duddingston Loch!
From Shanghai with Love: Fashion Show/Exhibition
From Shanghai with Love: Fashion Show/Exhibition
24th Aug 2018 - 25th Aug 2018
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh South
The Donghua Edinburgh Centre for Creative Industries is set to return the Edinburgh Fringe this year with their fashion show 'From Shanghai with Love'.
Scottish Kennel Club Dog Show
Scottish Kennel Club Dog Show
25th August 2018
Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh West
Explore the world of dogs at the Scottish Kennel Club Dog Show and find out more about man’s best friend.

Christmas and New Year Events you might like...

La Clique Noël - Part Deux
La Clique Noël - Part Deux
16th Nov 2018 - 5th Jan 2019
Edinburgh West
La Clique Noël returns home to Edinburgh for Christmas with a new seasonal spectacular, La Clique Noël - Part Deux.
Christmas Market - East Princes Street Gardens
Christmas Market - East Princes Street Gardens
16th Nov 2018 - 5th Jan 2019
Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Old Town
The Christmas Market will once again return to East Princes St Gardens for a whole host of bespoke and traditional Christmas items!
Christmas Market - George Street
Christmas Market - George Street
16th Nov 2018 - 24th Dec 2018
Edinburgh New Town
Get into the Christmas spirit with a festive shopping experience at the traditional Christmas market in George St.

Find other events in Edinburgh

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Rebus: Long Shadows
Ian Rankin is bringing his beloved creation to the stage for the very first time alongside award-winning playwright Rona Munro. See it at the King's Theatre in October.
Edinburgh Summer Sessions
Edinburgh Summer Sessions will take place at the Ross Bandstand this August bring world-class acts to Princes Street Gardens.
Big Big Gin Festival
The Big Big Gin Festival is launching this October at Edinburgh Corn Exchange with over 100 different gins to choose from. Let your experience be-gin!
Cirque Berserk
Britain’s biggest theatre-circus spectacular, Cirque Berserk, makes its eagerly anticipated Fringe debut at EICC!
Fame
Catch the definitive 30th anniversary tour of Fame, one of the best loved musicals across the world, when it comes to the King's Theatre in October!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »