Chief of Defence, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC, has officially welcomed the international participants to the first of four shows in the largest Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo ever staged, which commenced last night at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.
The renowned Scottish spectacular will bring together more than 1,500 of the world’s finest pipers, fiddlers, drummers, military musicians and performers for an inimitable mix of music, ceremony, military tradition, theatre and Celtic folklore, while also focusing on Australia and the south Pacific nations.
Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell said Australia was pleased to be hosting the largest ever Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and welcomed visitors from each of the participating nations.
"Participation in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo allows Australia to demonstrate the professional skills and high performance of our armed forces," GEN Campbell said.
The Australian Defence Force has provided a range of ceremonial and logistic support to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, including more than 250 cast members, air and ground transport and co-ordination for participating nations.
GEN Campbell added, "The Royal Australian Air Force transported participants from the Pacific nations – including Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu – to Australia via military aircraft that arrived on Saturday."
The Tattoo will feature all the hallmark elements of this world-famous military and cultural event, with unique Australian and international acts added to the program.
Traditional crowd favourite songs Auld Lang Syne and Scotland The Brave will feature in addition to contemporary favourites.
"The Tattoo also highlights the diverse cultures of all participating countries," GEN Campbell said.
Tickets for this extraordinary theatrical event can now be purchased online through Ticketek here.