Festival director calls for city backing

International Festival director Fergus Linehan.
International Festival director Fergus Linehan.
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The new director of the Edinburgh International Festival has called on the city to continue to back the event to ensure it retains its world-leading status.

Fergus Linehan said city leaders needed to work hard to ensure the international reputation was kept intact.

The festival is facing uncertainty around its budgets, with a bid for an extra £1.73 million for the next three years rejected by Creative Scotland and potential cuts to its grant from Edinburgh City Council.

Speaking at a tourism event, Mr Linehan said he wanted to continue the “sense of pride” among Edinburgh residents.

He added: “We must never forget that the festival enjoys the financial support that comes from taxpayers. It’s something I’m always very conscious of.”