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Hogmanay launches Britain’s Olympics

December 30, 2011 - EDINBURGH

Edinburgh celebrates New Year with one of the world's most famous street parties, Hogmanay. The organizers describe the line-up for the rock concerts this time as the best in 19 years, and the three-day festival will be combined with mass games to herald the start of Britain's Olympic year. Performers will share Edinburgh with competitors in what is billed as the world's largest series of street games. Landmarks and medieval streets will be used to create an arena for the so-called The New Year Games. Partygoers will be divided into rival teams, the Uppies and the Doonies,

Edinburgh celebrates New Year with one of the world's most famous street parties, Hogmanay. The organizers describe the line-up for the rock concerts this time as the best in 19 years, and the three-day festival will be combined with mass games to herald the start of Britain's Olympic year. Performers will share Edinburgh with competitors in what is billed as the world's largest series of street games. Landmarks and medieval streets will be used to create an arena for the so-called The New Year Games. Partygoers will be divided into rival teams, the Uppies and the Doonies, according to the Guardian newspaper, for vast games of battleships, hopscotch and a Minotaur's maze. People will be asked to choose which of the two teams to join depending on whether they consider themselves as northerners or southerners. Rock and DJ acts will play on nine stages around Princes Street and the gardens under Edinburgh Castle, alongside classical concerts. Other highlights at the ticket-only event include fireworks, a mini-film festival featuring classic films and a New Year's Day swim called the "loony dook" in the cold waters of the estuary of the River Forth. The Guardian reports that footage of last year's Hogmanay celebrations is estimated to have been watched around 750 million times. ;

Hogmanay organization

Edinburgh to host Hogmanay street games (Guardian 10 Nov 2011)

Capital is game for launch of Olympic year (Scotsman 9 Nov 2011)

Full line-up for Edinburgh Hogmanay revealed (Scotsman 10 Nov 2011)

Date written/update: 2011-12-30