Haddington 700 – A Festival 700 years in the Making

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The year was 1318 and Robert the Bruce had declared Haddington as a Royal Burgh…

Almost 700 years later we were approached by our client and asked to be involved in a year of celebrations commemorating 700 years of Haddington.

The Festival

The ‘showpiece’ of the yearlong celebrations was to be a medieval festival bringing the whole community together and we would be at the forefront of the design and management.

The festival was to be kicked off with a parade through the town leading to the festival grounds on The Haugh where revellers would be greeted with live music, a fun fair, walk round entertainment, a children’s craft tent and various food vendors, it was going to be epic!

Following our initial consultation with our clients, the 21CC Events team started to give thought to the types of entertainment that could be included as well as contacting local vendors to get them involved.

Branding

A brand logo also needed to be designed that could be associated with the event.  Local artist Glen McBeth was drafted in to design this.  Within a week or so the logo had been signed off.  It could then be used on banners, flags and promotional material for the festival.

Haddington 700 Branding & Logo

After months of planning and designing by our creative team everything was given the green light.  It was time to bring in the rest of the 21CC team, 21CC Productions & 21CC Pyrotechnics to turn the vision into reality.

The Get In

The build started a few days before the festival was to take place.  Our production and technical teams were on site installing staging for the live music, stage lighting as well as our awesome stage effects including Co2 jets and stage mines.

On the Day

On the day of the festival we were responsible for the full management of the festival including health & safety, stewarding, site management, technical production (staging, lighting, sound) as well as being artist liaison.  Over and above all this we were also managing the 21CC Bar where revellers could grab a thirst-quenching refreshment.

The finale of the festival was truly awesome, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers brought everything to a close with an incredible hour long set that got everyone in attendance rocking!

Red Hot Chilli Pipers at Haddington 700 Festival

Overall it really was a wonderful event that we are very lucky to have been involved in and fingers crossed it won’t be another 700 years before we get the chance to organise another festival.

Check out the photo’s below to see just how great a day it was!

Red Hot Chilli Pipers at Haddington 700 Festival
Haddington 700 Festival in full swing
Crowds gathering at Haddington 700 Festival

Finally, a short word from our client;

“Once again many thanks for Saturday it was just fantastic from start to finish”

If you have read this and would like to see how we can tailor make your event please get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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