City of Edinburgh Council and Underbelly, the event producer, have confirmed the cancellation of this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party and stated that new discussions are taking place with regards to a revised Hogmanay programme for 2020.

In a statement, the organisations said that the famous Street Party could not take place in its current form; customers that have booked tickets to the event will now receive a refund and an announcement on the 2020-21 Edinburgh’s Hogmanay programme will take place towards the end of August.

City of Edinburgh Council and Underbelly are now exploring, alongside the council’s All Party Oversight Group, potential revised plans for how both Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay could be celebrated in 2020.

Representatives from all political parties met with senior officers and Underbelly to discuss a range of proposals, which take account of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and associated health and safety considerations.

Following the positive informal discussions, the proposals will be developed further before being reported to the council’s Policy and Sustainability Committee in late August for a decision.

Adam McVey, council leader, commented: “The council is having positive discussions on how Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay could be celebrated this year. All involved recognise the uncertainty of the current situation and the significant requirements for anything Edinburgh hosts to meet public health guidance. It’s clear that if our 2020 Winter Festivals go ahead they will look very different from recent years, using different locations across the city. It is also important to think more creatively about how to better support our local businesses who have been impacted by the lockdown. Any events will need to give our residents a truly Edinburgh experience that helps discover more of our fantastic businesses that operate all year round. Work is underway with our partners to further investigate the feasibility of these new proposals and councillors will agree the way forward in the coming weeks.”

Image: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay/Underbelly