Monday, April 18 is World Heritage Day, which celebrates cultural and national heritage sites throughout the world that hold universal value. Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns are on the UNESCO 911 property list, and recently they were named the most recommended World Heritage Site in the United Kingdom by a survey conducted by TripAdvisor.
The Medieval Old Town and Georgian, neo-classical New Town were inscribed to the list in 1995. Classified together as one site, it contains the highest concentration of listed buildings in Scotland (nearly 4,500), as well as a number of listed monuments (including Edinburgh Castle).
Scotland has four other World Heritage Sites as well, and to highlight the country’s unique contributions to the list, the sites are linking up for a special project called Shadows of Our Ancestors. The project will generate new connections to each of the five sites through the ideas of five artists each working with a local group or school.
In Edinburgh, choreographer Andy Howitt (originally from Fife) will lead a promenade of performers through the closes of the Old Town. Children will sing along the way in memory of the youth of generations past, who claimed Edinburgh as their home and made the city their “playground.”
The event runs from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It will start at the bottom of Advocate’s Close on Cockburn Street and finish, in a dramatic finale to World Heritage Day, at Fleshmarket Close.