You are here

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert School Poster Competition

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

Then 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 Fireworks Concert is one of Edinburgh’s favourite annual events, bringing together families, visitors and communities from across the city and further afield, for the grand finale to Edinburgh’s summer festival season. Over 400,000 fireworks choreographed to live orchestral music will light up the sky over Edinburgh against the unique backdrop of its iconic Castle.  The event - the largest fireworks concert of its type in the world – is enjoyed annually by around 250,000 people at various vantage points across the Scottish capital and its surrounds.

In this 36th International Festival Fireworks Concert the world renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Sir James MacMillan and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, choreographed to an incredible fireworks display. Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous ballet music forms the concert’s centrepiece while rousing Scottish masterpieces will open and close the performance.  Sir James MacMillan’s ceilidh-inspired Stomp will set the celebratory tone for the evening while Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ joyful show-stopper An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise will serve up riotous folk-infused ending to the evening.  

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 Forth 1 Radio DJs Boogie and Arlene 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 and win four tickets to see the concert in Princes St Gardens on Monday 28 August 2017.

The winners and other shortlisted entries will also be celebrated with an event at the Virgin Money Lounge in St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh, taking place in late June. This is a special event at the Lounge for the winners and their families, where they will be joined by Forth 1 judges and invited guests, 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 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 Emma Fyvie, 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 9 June 2017.

For any further information please contact Emma Fyvie on 0131 473 2020 or

Application Form
Information for Families

Image credit: One of the winning designs from 2016 created by Jack Davis, Jamie Blackhall, Basia Poplaska, Fletcher Ireland, Milosz Mazur and Cameron Neale from St Cuthbert's RC Primary School

Photograph the Festival

A unique opportunity for emerging photographers to get unparalleled access to the International Festival. Read on to learn how to apply.

Five Telegrams part of 14-18 NOW

Five Telegrams, a unique collaboration between Anna Meredith and 59 Productions, will be presented as the Standard Life Aberdeen Opening Event at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival.

Portrait Exhibition of Castlebrae High School Pupils

A permanent installation of photographic portraits is a lasting legacy of the International Festival’s relationship with the school.