Bourgeois in Scotland for Brexit talks and festivals


Minister-president Geert Bourgeois swung by the Edinburgh International Festival to visit Flemish performers and met with the first president to discuss trade in a post-Brexit UK

Last Post at Tattoo

Flanders’ minister-president, Geert Bourgeois, was in Edinburgh this week to meet with politicians and representatives of the cultural and heritage sectors. Bourgeois’ agenda included talks on Brexit, Flemish productions at the Edinburgh Festival and a ceremony of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Bourgeois met with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, where Brexit was on the agenda. Both leaders are staunchly for a Brexit that sees the European Single Market as possible. Scotland’s residents voted against Brexit by a 62% majority.

The minister-president also visited the National Museum of Scotland, which covers the human and natural history of the country, along with art and design, and he attended the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the city’s famous castle, where military bands and performers from around the world entertain massive crowds for three weeks.

Harmonie Ypriana from Ypres is also playing at the Tattoo, performing the Last Post. They play at every Tattoo performance at the doors to the Edinburgh Castle, where a holographic image of the Menin Gate is projected.

Bourgeois also attended Flemish productions at the Edinburgh International Festival. He visited with actor Valentijn Dhaenens, whose one-man-show Unsung got rave reviews at the festival, making The Guardian’s top 10 list of shows.

Photo: Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois and Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo this week
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