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75 Years of the Edinburgh Festivals

EDM (Early Day Motion) 368: tabled on 07 September 2022

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 14 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House congratulates the Edinburgh Festivals on their successful 75th anniversary season; notes that the first festivals took place in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War and sought to use culture as a healing balm to bring peoples and nations together in celebration of common humanity and help 'the flowering of the human spirit'; recognises that the Festivals have become increasingly internationally successful with audiences reaching almost 5 million per year; commends that the Festivals overcame the challenges facing live events and returned at 80 per cent of their previous programming level, hosting nearly 3,000 performances per day; believes that the Festivals enhance our international profile as a contemporary, creative, outward-looking nation, attracting 25,000 cultural participants from more than 70 countries and thousands of accredited media; celebrates the range of national artist showcases, including each of Australia, Switzerland, Canada, South Korea and Mexico; highlights the contribution of the Ukrainian performers granted special exemption by their government to put down weapons and take up instruments in Kyiv's twin city Edinburgh; considers that the Festivals today act as economic as well as cultural powerhouses, bringing an estimated impact in 2022 of £216 million, creating the equivalent of 4,200 jobs and supporting the tens of thousands more jobs in Edinburgh's wider creative and leisure sectors; and wishes the Festivals every success as they seek to build on this anniversary year and develop their vision of Edinburgh as a world-leading sustainable festival city that is globally-minded, locally-rooted and creatively-led.