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Response to cancellation of Edinburgh’s August Festivals

Published: 01 Apr 2020

Photo of Iain Munro

Photograph: Iain Munro, by Neil Hanna

For the first time in over 70 years, the five festivals that transform Edinburgh into the world’s leading cultural destination every August are not going ahead this year due to concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic. Edinburgh Art Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are not happening as planned in 2020.

Iain Munro, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, said:

"We understand and support the decision by Edinburgh's Festivals to cancel this Summer's activities at this extremely difficult time.

"Our hearts go out to all those involved with the Festivals who work tirelessly every year to deliver one of the highlights of the annual cultural calendar and to the many artists, performers and companies who will miss this year’s opportunity to be celebrated on a global stage.

"We look forward to their return when audiences can once more marvel at the extraordinary art and creativity that will be on offer.”

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