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Are you 5 to 12 years old? Are you a budding artist?

If you are aged 5 to 12 years old (or know someone who is), you have the chance to see your design on our posters for this year’s Virgin Money Fireworks Concert. We’re running a competition with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Virgin Money and our fireworks broadcast partner Forth 1, for children aged 5 – 12 to help create posters that promote this year’s event.

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert is one of Edinburgh’s favourite annual events and closes Edinburgh’s summer Festival season. Over 400,000 fireworks choreographed to live orchestral music light up the sky against the unique backdrop of Edinburgh’s iconic Castle. This year the Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform world famous classical hits which will have your feet tapping and the rhythm flowing, as this year it is all about dance. Pieces performed on the night include Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Mozart’s Contradances and Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, exploding in tandem with the fireworks in the largest concert of its type in the world.

Poster designs should capture the spectacle and excitement of this fantastic display, using bright bold colours and shapes to create eye-catching effects. Entries will be judged by Radio DJs Boogie and Arlene from the Forth 1 Breakfast Show and will be seen all over Edinburgh throughout the summer.  

The Prize

As well as seeing their designs throughout the city, winners will enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Fireworks set-up site at Edinburgh Castle, a workshop about the Concert with Scottish Chamber Orchestra musicians, and win four tickets to see the concert in Princes St Gardens on Monday 31 August 2015.

The winners and other shortlisted entries will also be celebrated in an exhibition at the Virgin Money Lounge in St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh, which will run throughout the summer and is open to public. The exhibition will be launched on Thursday 18 June at 6pm, with a special opening event at the Lounge for the winners and their families, where they will be joined by our Forth 1 judges and invited guests, and hosted by Virgin Money with the Edinburgh International Festival and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  

Want to win?

If you can capture the fireworks, we’d love to see your design!

Any 2-D/flat materials can be used to create the picture, which should be supplied at either A4 or A3 size, and be a landscape in page orientation. If submitting a digital image, please ensure that it is 3500 pixels wide by 5000 pixels high, and supplied in one of the following formats: Jpeg (.jpg), Tiff (.tif), or Photoshop file (.psd).

Please submit your pictures to Liz Wallace, Edinburgh International Festival, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE. Digital images should be submitted to the same address either on a disc or a flash memory stick. Please ensure that all submissions are accompanied by a completed application form.  

The closing date for the competition is Friday 5 June 2015.

For any further information please contact Liz Wallace on 0131 473 2020 or  

Download the application form

UPDATED: This competition is now closed.

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