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Article published 25/03/2021

Burns&Beyond, Edinburgh’s flagship Burns Festival made a surprise return to the city last night to spread Love, Hope and Kindness with the Scottish premiere of Yvette Mattern’s spectacular Work of Art - Global Rainbow - which lit up the skies above the capital.

Originally scheduled for late-January as part of the capital’s Burns Night celebrations, but postponed due to lock-down restrictions, this stunning light installation was visible across the skies over the North of the city, with organisers Unique Events calling upon Edinburgh’s residents to view it responsibly and to follow the Scottish Government guidance for outdoor exercise, social and recreational meetings.

As we pass the one-year anniversary since lock-down restrictions began, reflecting on the year past, but now looking ahead with renewed hope and optimism, we believe it is more important than ever to let some light back into our lives, celebrating the work of our NHS Staff and key workers, and looking forward to a brighter future for all. Global Rainbow lights up the skies above Edinburgh but we ask everyone to please be responsible – look up to the skies but if you can’t see the Rainbow from your local area, please don’t travel but enjoy the images and video footage of the installation, along with the online Burns&Beyond programme at the official website and on social media.

Penny Dougherty and Alan Thomson, Directors of Unique Events

This is the first time internationally renowned artist Yvette Mattern has brought her poetic, magical and powerful Global Rainbow to Scotland. The rainbow has been imbued with added significance during the Covid 19 pandemic, with symbolic association with the NHS and our visual support of, and gratitude to, the nation’s key workers.

Global Rainbow beams seven parallel horizontal rays of high specification laser light, representing the spectrum of the seven colours of the rainbow, and is designed to be viewed safely outdoors from a distance.

Having recently been shown in Kobe, Japan, Edinburgh joins a list of international cities to present Global Rainbow including New York, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Toronto. Audiences can see the laser installation across the north-east of the city, visible from Edinburgh Castle with a reach of up to 10 miles, heading over the rooftops of Abbey Hill, Easter Road, Lochend, Seafield and out over the Firth of Forth.

Edinburgh Residents are encouraged to view Global Rainbow safely, and in line with current Scottish Government restrictions, which are available at and

Global Rainbow is presented by the Burns&Beyond Festival, created and produced by Unique Events, with the support of the City of Edinburgh Council, EventScotland, Essential Edinburgh, Johnnie Walker and with special thanks to Edinburgh Castle.