Edinburgh Festival chief in funds plea

Jonathan Mills.  Picture: Jane Barlow
Jonathan Mills. Picture: Jane Barlow
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The Edinburgh International Festival urgently needs an injection of cash to stay at the top of the global arts calendar, the outgoing director has said.

Sir Jonathan Mills said that funding has been at a “standstill” for most of his eight-year tenure, and warned city and Scottish officials they would be making a “mistake” to keep public funding at the same 
£5 million level.

However, he also said that the Capital had to be more selective in backing arts projects, saying that the “more is better” attitude needs to be abandoned.

Sir Jonathan said: “I’d like to think the festival can make a case for an improvement of that funding on the basis of the public, social and economic benefits of the event. I think there is an obligation on all sides to do that.”