Adverse Weather Causes Cancellation of Botanic Lights Show

Paloma Ferreira

The Edinburgh Botanic Lights Show was cancelled this week for safety reasons, due to the forecast wind gusts of over 40mph.

Edinburgh’s second Botanic Garden Light show promised an event bigger and brighter than last year.

The award-winning show includes new design features, exhibitions, public interaction using new app technology and 3D projections generating hypnotic spectacles throughout the gardens, highlighting some of the Botanic’s oldest buildings.

The organisers have dubbed this year’s event as “unforgettable”.

The invitation entices visitors reading: “As darkness descends, follow a magical trail of light through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

“Take a path illuminated by fantastic effects and experience the unfamiliar sights and sounds of the Garden after dark.”

Clair McKenzie, who composed the soundtrack accompanying the light show, said: “It makes complete sense to synchronise sound, light and nature with the cycle of seasonal transformations, to me the four are intimately linked.”

Artist Grant Anderson said: “Seasons of Colour Botanic Lights 2015, for me, was a really important project, I wanted the show to be bigger and brighter.

“I wanted to create something that at the heart of the design really concentrated on the landscape itself.”

The Botanic Lights Show has been open for the duration of this month and attendees have been raving about the show.

Visitor Erika Winblad said: “My brain is in sensory overload, it may be wet and cold but what an amazing event.”

Since this is an outdoor event, this week’s severe wind and rain has caused the show to be cancelled with some late notice.

Visitor Anna Goodwin said: “Turned up tonight to be told it was cancelled with my three kids. Didn’t check my emails. Took an hour to get there and back as live on other side of town and it was rush hour traffic. Was gutted. Not sure if I’ll be able to attend another night. Missed it last year too.”

The Box Office of the Botanic Lights show stated that they will be contacting attendees to offer them the chance to attend on another night.

New dates will be added to the calendar to make up for the cancelled shows.