Edinburgh’ S International Festivals Cancels For The First Time In 70 Years

Edinburgh’ S International Festivals Cancels For The First Time In 70 Years

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Fringe Society chief executive Shona McCarthy said the decision to cancel The Fringe , International Festival , Jazz and Blues Festival , Book Festival and Military Tattoo was “ heartbreaking” .
“ However, having taken advice and considered all the options , we collectively believe this is the only appropriate response , ” she added . The festivals , a platform for both professional and amateur performers, are estimated to be worth around £ 300 million ($ 371 million , 340 million euros) to the local economy.

Edinburgh’ s international festivals were cancelled for the first time in 70 years on Wednesday due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers said.

They comprise more than 5 ,000 events in Scotland’s capital every August , featuring some 25,000 artists, writers and performers from 70 countries, and audiences of 4 . 4 million

The International Festival , which sees musicians , actors and dancers perform at venues in the city, began in 1947 as a way to reconcile people and nations through art after World War II.The Tattoo, which started in 1950, brings together military performers in a concert outside Edinburgh Castle .

McCarthy said the performing arts had “ an important role to play in providing a prism through which to process and understand the multiple traumas of this pandemic”.

Fergus Linehan , director of Edinburgh International Festival , said the coronavirus crisis made next year’s events even more important.

“ We recognise that Edinburgh’ s festivals play a very important role in the cultural, social and economic lives of our city and country , and this decision has not been taken lightly,” he added .
“ Our thoughts are with all the country ’s key workers and we hope that we can celebrate your heroic efforts when this awful pandemic has passed.

“ Work begins straightaway on a 2021 Festival season that will boost both our spirits and our economy.” The festival ’s organisers will refund all participant registration fees and tickets for the events.



                                     
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