Public funders in Edinburgh back the international ambitions of Edinburgh’s Festivals

Artists and audiences attending Edinburgh’s Festivals this year have reason to celebrate after an ambitious programme of additional world premieres, new commissions and international gatherings was given the green light. 

In a unique initiative, the major public funders of Edinburgh’s Festivals – The Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council, EventScotland and Creative Scotland – have combined forces to agree an increased investment of £3.2million into Edinburgh’s Festivals 2012 programmes. As part of this, the Scottish Government is expanding its Expo Fund for Edinburgh’s Festivals this year, providing a total of £2.25 million in support.

The world premiere of a new work by James MacMillan, a series of major public art commissions in the New Town, a World Dance Feste, the first ever World Fringe Congress, a World Jazz Orchestra directed by Joe Temperley, and The Edinburgh World Writers' Conference 2012 are amongst the highlights announced today.

This increased programming support for the Festivals is in addition to significant levels of core revenue and project funding, and aims to maximise the impact of overall investment as demonstrated in last year’s Festivals Impact Study.

Taking advantage of the unique alignment in 2012 of the Olympics and the Year of Creative Scotland, these programmes illuminate the ambition and vision of the world’s leading festival city. With the Festivals’ peak summer period coinciding with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the world’s elite and emerging cultural talent will gather in Edinburgh as their sporting equivalents compete in London. 

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