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Friday 16th of May 2014
Car Hire Edinburgh Airport staff wonder if the merging of dates for two of the city’s biggest festivals next year will work well or not, but know it will bring many more people to the city at the same time meaning business in the area will be increased.
The Edinburgh International Festival dates have changed for 2015 to coincide with the Fringe. It will run from 7th to 31st August to reassert the status of the city as the home of the world’s biggest and most successful set of arts and cultural festivals.
The announcement was made by Fergus Linehan the director of the International festival for 2015. The event next year would also be far less structured according to Linehan, with a greater emphasis on selecting events based on individual quality.
Formally taking up the director’s role on 1st October, Linehan has previously been director of festivals in Sydney and Dublin. He accepted sharing the same dates as the Fringe would put added pressure on hotels and facilities in the city, but insisted combining the two events would have many more positives. Linehan said, “The real power of this is you have the entire spectrum at your disposal; that is the electricity of this.”
The date changes would also have an affect on the free firework display and open air concert held at Edinburgh Castle, traditionally held on the last Sunday of the festival could move to the final Monday.