Tattoo looks to share Esplanade during festival

  • 30 August 2007

This article is from 2007

Plans to create a new grandstand to host the Edinburgh Military Tattoo could see the Castle Esplanade freed up for other festival events.

Discussions between Tattoo producer Major-General Euan Loudon and director of the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), Jonathan Mills, are at an early stage, but the current seating structure used for the Tattoo is set to be replaced.

Introducing a new system for the Tattoo would cut the time required to build and dismantle seating, allowing time for festival events to be hosted at the Historic Scotland site before and after the military show’s run.

The proposals were bandied about at a public discussion about the future of the festivals, held yesterday.

Mr Mills, who has completed his first festival since taking up the post last year, said it is the ‘chaos’ that makes the event.

“I don’t want people to come to my Festival and love every single bit of it; I want them to feel provoked,” he said.

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