Our environment team has been busy organising events and opportunities for the whole Festival community – audiences, artists, venues and more - this August within a number of our Festivals.
Our international engagement runs throughout the year - whether through audiences, media and delegations - and to aid this work we have produced multiple language versions of our ‘World Leaders’ publication which acts as an introductory guide to the Festivals and their joint work.
These publications are freely available to download as PDFs as follows:
Recognising that the vast programme listings are one of Edinburgh Festivals key assets, we are increasing the open data nature of our API [Application Programming Interface], one of the largest cultural APIs in the world, through the creation of a public website.
For those that prefer pictures to words, we've recent created this short video showcasing the work of our twelve Festivals which is available for use by any of our partners. If you would like to use this video just contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Geeks-In-Residence have been working with the Brigadier David Allfrey, Chief Executive & Producer of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, over the last year as part of the Festivals-inspired national Sync programme.
In a recent wide-ranging article in the Scotsman newspaper, acclaimed columnist and theater critic Joyce MacMillan examined the role of the Festivals in Edinburgh current profile.
Writing after the launch of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, MacMillan wondered whether the idea of “Festival”, brought to the city in the darkest days of postwar austerity, is not in some way central to Edinburgh’s continuing success.
A new online project bringing together the arts and the environment in Scotland was launched on 22 March 2013 by Creative Carbon Scotland, an organisation initiated by Edinburgh’s Festivals in partnership with the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the Scottish Contemporary Art Network and supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.
Scotland Week is a week-long celebration of Scotland within the USA and Canada, and this year the Festivals had a strong presence. Now entering its sixth year, Scotland Week features an exciting cultural programme of music, theatre and photography events, including the 10th anniversary of the Scotland Run 10K, and the unforgettable Tartan Day Parade in the Big Apple.
Lovers of all things Scottish, from food and drink and fashion to cutting edge culture gather together to celebrate Scotland's unique heritage, creativity and talent.
Hot on the heels of the recent announcement by the British Arts Festivals Association that their annual conference will be in Edinburgh during late 2013, comes news that the city will also be hosting the European Festival’s Atelier for Young Festival Managers in 2014.
February saw the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society’s Roadshow and Open Day for Fringe participants – a chance for anyone who’s interested in bringing a show to the Fringe to find out more about how the festival runs and to seek out some support in making their show happen. This year, talking about sustainability was a big part of both events.