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What international cultural connections mean to Edinburgh

I’ve just seen Edinburgh deliver its annual August programme of fantastic Festival activity as well as host the International Cultural Summit, which has prompted me to reflect on the importance of culture and how it connects us to European and international cities and within networks such as EUROCITIES.

Edinburgh is internationally renowned for its Festivals, dating back to 1947. This August, the Festival welcomed 2,442 artists from 36 nations to perform in Scotland’s capital city. Each year over 1,000 shows per day attract an audience of over 4.5 million. The City Council is well aware that the Festivals are a major contributor to both the local Edinburgh economy and the national Scottish economy, generating over £313 million for the Scottish economy and creating the equivalent of 6,021 full-time jobs each year.

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