Edinburgh’s reputation as a world leading festival city has deep roots. Since 1947 saw the first festival established as a much-needed ‘platform for the flowering of the human spirit’ the Edinburgh Festivals have developed into an operation that involves 11 major independent festivals, hosts over 25,000 international artists, more than 1,000 accredited media and audiences of c4.9 million, while generating £313m for the Scottish economy. The Festivals are distinctively Scottish and yet profoundly international, drawing artists, audiences and media from every continent and over 70 countries each year. They are cultural platforms, forums for national and international debate, economic powerhouses, drivers of ambition and creators of cohesion. Building on a culture of collaborative working the Directors of these 11 festivals came together in 2007 to formally establish Festivals Edinburgh as their own private company, with a mission to support Edinburgh’s Festivals in sustaining their position as a world’s leading festival city through - firstly, the development and delivery of collaborative projects and strategic initiatives: and secondly, acting on behalf of, and representing the collective strengths of, the Edinburgh Festivals.
James McVeigh, Head of Innovation & Marketing
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