Performers from over 46 countries have taken part in the Tattoo, and around 30 per cent of the 220,000 audience each year are from overseas.
In addition to this, the Tattoo has been televised in more than 30 countries. An annual television audience of 100 million watches the coverage world-wide.The international flavour of the Tattoo has been deliberately developed as a key element in its capacity to entertain a huge, cosmopolitan audience.
The Tattoo's unique ability to bring together thousands of people for this annual celebration of music and entertainment continues and the public's appetite for pomp and ceremony shows no sign of diminishing
As Scotland prepares to welcome the world as part of the exciting year of Homecoming, hundreds of Commonwealth participants are set to play a part in this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Each and every Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is different from the last and therefore a unique experience each time.The Tattoo embraces different themes; nature, creativity and Scotland's homecoming are just some of the concepts explored in recent times.
The word ‘tattoo’ derives from the cry of innkeepers in the Low Countries in the 17th and 18th centuries. At closing time, the fifes and drums of the local regiment would march through the streets, their music signalling a return to quarters, and the shout would go up – ‘Doe den tap toe’ (‘turn off the taps’).
From this beginning, a ‘tattoo’ became a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands and the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo is the leading example of the modern development of the early Tattoo events held in Britain.
These days, the range of music presented at the Tattoo is as diverse as the countries represented. From pomp and circumstance to showbiz razzmatazz – with just about everything in between – the audience can now expect to hear, for example, New Orleans jazz, modern pop, and folk music.
Over the years, it has presented a whole host of international performers - military and civilian - from 46 countries. Dancers, steel bands, flag-wavers, drill teams, Zulus, camels, elephants, cavalry, motorcyclists, and police dogs have joined bands of all sizes and descriptions, for example.
The result is an unforgettable annual spectacle that is rightly renowned world-wide - and one, which has taken its place as the very drumbeat of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Tickets for this amazing visitor attraction are now on sale and more information can be found on the Edinburgh Tattoo website http://www.edintattoo.co.uk or telephone 0131 225 1188.
Edinburgh is just over an hour’s drive from any of Cooper Cottages self-catering holiday cottages and if you plan to stay in the area during August the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo would provide a fantastic family day out while staying in central Scotland.