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Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams

Arena information

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Friday 3 August 2018 at 10.30pm

Festival Square, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Please arrive by 10.00pm. Latecomers may not be admitted.

Festival Square Arena

The arena will be the area in front of the Usher Hall, across Lothian Road and into Festival Square. You will need to book a free ticket to attend the event. Entrances and ticket check points for the arena will be on two sides of Lothian Road: one on the corner of Western Approach Road, and one near the Filmhouse cinema. A map of the arena is below.

Travelling to the event

Lothian Road will be closed from around 8.00pm on the night of the event. Exact times and further information on road closures and diversions will be available closer to the event.

There will be a drop off point at the crossing by Bread Street and Morrison Street. 

The arena is located centrally with frequent bus and tram connections, and only a short walk away from both Waverley and Haymarket rail stations. Visit our travel information page for general advice on getting to and around Edinburgh.

Access information

The whole arena is accessible to those with mobility issues. There will be a platform available for wheelchair users, those who are unable to stand for long periods of time and their companions (marked on map). The platform will be filled on a first come first served basis. Please ensure to arrive early as the arena will become very busy. 

This performance can be appreciated solely on a visual or musical level, and as such is accessible to those with visual impairments as well as the deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

If you have any further queries relating to access at the event, you can email or call 0131 473 2000.

Important information

The following items are prohibited from the arena: glass, animals (except registered guide dogs), flares, fireworks, illegal substances, herbal/legal highs or nitrous oxide, offensive weapons (such as knives with long blades), laser pens, megaphones, and air horns. 

In the interests of safety and security at the event, bags may be subject to security searches. We strongly suggest that you do not bring bags larger than 30cm x 30cm x 15cm into the arena.


How long is the event?

The event will run for approximately 25 minutes from 10.30pm. Please arrive by 10.00pm. For reasons of public safety and crowd control requirements, latecomers may not be admitted and your ticket does not guarantee entry. Please leave time for entering and exiting the area as we anticipate large numbers of people at the event.

What happens if the weather is bad?

The event will go ahead despite any changes in Scotland's unpredictable weather! It will only be cancelled in the event of very adverse weather conditions. In the event of cancellation or delay, updates will be available on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Will I be able to sit down during the event?

The arena does not have any seating within it and we would strongly discourage people from bringing chairs. It will be extremely busy and chairs pose a safety risk to the audience members. 

For those with mobility issues who are unable to stand for long periods of time, there will be a very limited number of chairs available on the accessible platform. Access to the platform will be on a first come first serve basis. 

Is the performance advisable for photo-sensitive people, e.g. suffering from epilepsy?

The creators strive to make content suitable for all audiences, and comply with broadcast standards where appropriate in cinema and on television. They avoid prolonged strobing images in the problematic 16-25Hz range, and do not use strobe lighting above 4Hz. High contrast patterns and moving images feature throughout the content for this production so if these present a risk of seizure we would advise audience members that they might be at risk if these are triggers for them.