Festivals Edinburgh Blog
Partnerships are always important for festivals’ development and one of our Directors, David Allfrey of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, has just been involved in VisitBritain’s new international campaign alongside British Airways. In the campaign, a number of real British people extend an ‘invite’ to the world to visit Britain as part of the post-Games marketing push for British tourism.
The Edinburgh International Science Festival hs just launched with a significant environment strand, a great example of how the approach to sustainability across Edinburgh's Festivals spans all the work we do. We're ensuring that sustainability is considered in programming as well as impact monitoring, supporting public engagement alongside carbon footprinting.
In a developing partnership with German broadcast station RBB - Berlin and Brandenburg's regional public-broadcasting channel - their coverage of our International Storytelling Festival was recently made available online.
Edinburgh's Festivals are such a complex and chaotic landscape during the peak summer season that it's often difficult to describe it to people. So we wondered could we take the old adage 'a picture paints a thousand words' and adapt it for the digital age through visualising social media activity? What would all the tweets and flickr photos look like across 28 days for 6 Festivas in 1 city? Well, here's the answer:
Following five years of joint activity, and in the knowledge that the wider environment has fundamentally shifted within that period, the Board of Festivals Edinburgh recently gathered to discuss and plan the next five year period.
The 12 CEOs or Directors of Edinburgh’s major Festivals came together in 2007 to create Festivals Edinburgh with a mission to:
During 2012, Creative Carbon Scotland has been making the case for carbon management in the arts and in recent weeks has been undertaking a series of workshops to introduce their proposed method of reporting and training/support, to get feedback and inform their plan for 2013.
The Edinburgh Festivals successful Geek-in-Residence programme has now been rolled out nationally by Creative Scotland, with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo chosen as one of the hosts for the initial year of the programme.
A new film examining what factors make a city attractive to investors provided an opportunity for Edinburgh's Festival to once again demonstrate their wide-ranging impact.
With the Edinburgh International Science Festival turning 25 in 2013, Dr Simon Gage gave the latest of our Festivals Professorial lectures on the theme of 'Geek Chic'. Each of our Festival Directors is a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University and throughout the course of any given year they undertake a series of public engagements providing insights into their work.
[the following article appeared in EventScotland's recent publication and is reprinted here with their permission]
This summer while London hosted elite athletes and the new generation of sporting talent from around the world, Edinburgh celebrated its essential role as a platform for elite and emerging cultural talent and as a beacon of internationalism – through the worldwide cultural phenomena that are Edinburgh’s Festivals. Here we take a quick look at this year’s Summer Festivals.
Another successful summer season saw Edinburgh’s Festivals showcase the depth of their international cultural offering, while widening and broadening their audience reach.
Through our partnerships with the BBC, we are able to showcase such work to a much wider audience and thus further our message that Edinburgh remain the wrold's leading festival city.
The Festivals held three major cultural gatherings this August, attracting international representatives and further positioning the Festivals as the home of cultural debate.
The Edinburgh International Culture Summit was the first ever International Culture Summit, with ministers for culture from around the world invited to attend, and debated the power and profile of culture in forging and fostering international relationships at the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.
Building on our current environment work, the Festivals have been instrumental in the creation of a new national body, Creative Carbon Scotland.
Creative Carbon Scotland brings together a powerful partnership from the creative and knowledge sectors in Scotland in a timely and important project: to prepare for and adapt the cultural sector to the new, low-carbon environment resulting from the Scottish Government’s ambitious Climate Change Act.
Edinburgh's Festivals have long been recognised as one of the world’s greatest cultural platforms for established and emerging artists.
This year sees the biggest, most ambitious programme of British Council-partnered activities taking place during Edinburgh’s Festivals.
From a high-level culture summit at the Scottish Parliament to a tour by the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq; from debates on philosophical problems of our age to bursaries for aspiring festival directors to attend the World Fringe Congress - all of this is set against the backdrop of the 2012 Olympics, the Paralympics, and their diverse cultural offerings..
To mark the Year of Creative Scotland, and with support from Creative Scotland, we've created a new online resource centre.
As Edinburgh gets ready to host the first International Cultural Summit we've created our latest promotional brochure, outlining the story of Edinburgh's Festivals and their international impact.