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Fearful of being usurped as The Festival City by other envious UK cities, the four main Edinburgh Festivals have begun to look at ways of working together.

The directors of the four main festivals – Book, Film, International and Fringe – are so concerned that they have formed a collective to lobby the Scottish Executive, the culture commission and city council on how to protect Edinburgh’s position 10 years down the line.
As well as increased public funding, the festivals are exploring cooperation on signage, ticketing and marketing. The success of the festivals is a big contributor to both Edinburgh and Scotland's economy;
Hotel occupancy almost doubles and prices rise similarly. The population of Edinburgh increases from around 450,000 to 1m, and an estimated 20,000 artists visit from 40 countries. The city council believes Edinburgh makes around £115m from the festivals.

Posted by Paul in Culture Edinburgh at July 5, 2004 03:54 AM | 0 Comments