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Night Walk for Edinburgh

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You can now download one of the biggest hits of last year’s Edinburgh International Festival on your own device.

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10 slots available each night, every 15 mins from 9pm–11.15pm. Duration: 50mins. Free. Booking Essential.

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

Night Walk for Edinburgh, 2019

You are now able to download one of the biggest hits of last year’s Edinburgh International Festival – Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s Night Walk for Edinburgh on your own device. The experience is reimagined for our times, remaining in line with social distancing regulations, whilst enabling you to immerse yourself in the surreal world of Cardiff and Miller.

Following Janet Cardiff’s voice and walking in her footsteps, as you participate in Night Walk for Edinburgh you will be led through the backstreets of Edinburgh’s Old Town, unravelling a disjointed tale – part game-playing, part surrealistic poetry, perhaps even a murder mystery – layered with history, invention and memories. One of the biggest hits of last year’s Edinburgh International Festival, Cardiff and Miller’s Night Walk for Edinburgh is now a permanent part of The Fruitmarket Gallery’s collection. Commissioned for the city of Edinburgh by The Fruitmarket Gallery.


Night Walk for Edinburgh is a 50 minute walk through the Old Town of Edinburgh after dark. Following a film on your tablet or smart phone and a soundtrack on your headphones, you will walk up Advocate’s Close and along a route that weaves around the Royal Mile before returning to where you started. The route involves c.120 steps up and 30 down, and uneven ground, and is entirely in public, un-invigilated space. It is intended to be a solo experience, but as the walk is at night we suggest that you may want to enjoy it in pairs or small groups with a maximum of 6 allowed per slot. Although it is important that everyone has their own screen and headphones.

To participate in the walk, you will need to:

  • Book a timeslot which you are able to get to the starting point on Cockburn Street in the centre of Edinburgh where you will start the walk.
  • Download the Night Walk for Edinburgh App from the App Store or Google Play and have 1Gb available for the HD film
  • Prior to your time-slot, download the film through the app onto your tablet or smartphone using a WiFi network. You will need to use the 10 digit Eventbrite Order number to enable the download.
  • Have a set of working headphones for your device.
  • In good time for your slot, head to the bottom of Advocate’s Close on Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1ND. A map is available on the App.
  • Dress for the terrain and the weather.

For those who need it, we are pleased to offer a version that may be viewed at home. Please click here to download the At Home version.

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller: Night Walk for Edinburgh

Commissioned by The Fruitmarket Gallery

Acquired by The Fruitmarket Gallery with Art Fund support

And supported by The Cardiff Miller Commission Circle

Royal Mile: Dasha Shenkman OBE, Nick Thomas

Old Assembly: Melanie Reid

Advocates: Sophie Crichton Stuart, Fiona and Kenny Cumming, Sarah and Gerard Griffin,

Catherine Muirden and Werner Keschner, William Zachs and Martin Adam

App created by Evan Morgan and Shiyao Zhang

App developed with additional support from Art Fund

and Creative Informatics and the Centre for Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh.

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