Like the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this annual event has gone from strength to strength since its creation, with performers from over 48 countries around the world having taken part over the years in this high-energy showcase on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade.

After two years hiatus, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is back in 2022 with promises of unrivalled pageantry and celebration. This year’s highly anticipated show, simply named ‘Voices’, has the tagline ‘a celebration of expression’, and that is certainly what audiences can expect to see. International performers from Mexico, the USA, Switzerland and New Zealand are going to take to the stage, located on the iconic Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. 

From 5 to 27 August, ‘Voices’ will celebrate how, in spite of physical separation, people across the globe continue to connect and share their voices creatively through spoken word, song, music and dance, languages common to all. 

The History of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

In 1950 the British Army decided to showcase itself during the festival, leading to the forming of the first Tattoo. This event featured eight displays of piping and dancing on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade – a much smaller affair than today’s dazzling offering.

Having grown in size and reputation, the Tattoo is now hotly anticipated by fans from around the globe every year and has come to be regarded as an integral part of Edinburgh’s summer festivals.

Watched live annually by an audience of around 200,000, over 14 million people have enjoyed the show since it first debuted. The spectacle is also beamed to a staggering 100 million people around the world each year.

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