Lucy Thraves


Edinburgh’s August Festivals cancelled

11:25, 1st April 2020

For the first time in over 70 years, the five festivals that take place in Edinburgh every August will not go ahead, due to Covid-19 concerns.

Edinburgh Art Festivals, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, will not take place in 2020.

Fergus Linehan, festival director of Edinburgh International Festival, said that the team were ‘hugely disappointed’ to announced the cancellation. ‘We recognise that Edinburgh’s festivals play a very important role in the cultural, social and economic lives of our city and country, and this decision has not been taken lightly. Our thoughts are with all the country’s key workers and we hope that we can celebrate your heroic efforts when this awful pandemic has passed.’

The Festival’s history stretches back to 1947, when, in the aftermath of the Second World War, it was founded to reconcile and reunite people and nationals through art and culture. ‘The Edinburgh International Festival was born out of adversity,’ continued Linehan. ‘The current crisis presents all at the Festival with a similar sense of urgency. Work begins straight away on a 2021 Festival season that will boost both our spirits and our economy.’


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