Major new study sets out a ten year strategy to sustain and strengthen Edinburgh’s world leading Festival City status

Thundering Hooves 2.0, an ambitious new strategy with a series of recommendations to sustain and strengthen Edinburgh’s status as the world’s leading Festival City was unveiled this morning.

The study considers and assesses the significant achievements since the ground-breaking 2007 Thundering Hooves report as well as the local and global opportunities and threats relevant to the future development and sustainability of the festivals, and proposes a reinvigorated strategy and action plan.

The study was commissioned by the Festivals Forum to review progress on Thundering Hooves and to chart a new course for the next ten years and has been funded by the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council, VisitScotland, through its EventScotland team, Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise. Festivals and Events International (FEI) and BOP were appointed in July 2014 to undertake this major piece of work.

Edinburgh’s Festivals, with the support and collaborative leadership of the Festivals Forum and Festivals Edinburgh will have a vital role to play in leading new dialogues, developing new approaches and shaping another ten years of innovation, collaboration and programming excellence. 

A full copy of the report is available for download from

Photo:Edinburgh Art Festival 2015. Tara Donovan

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