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COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE EDINBURGH ART FESTIVAL:
It is with deep sadness that today we announce the cancellation of Edinburgh Art Festival 2020. Our decision is taken in response to the ongoing risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the need to prioritise the safety of our audiences, artists, participants and staff.

Sorcha Carey, Director, Edinburgh Art Festival said:  
“It is with deep sadness that today we announce the cancellation of Edinburgh Art Festival 2020. Our decision is taken in response to the ongoing risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the need to prioritise the safety of our audiences, artists, participants, staff and indeed all those working to combat coronavirus. While it has become impossible to deliver a festival this year, we remain fully committed to doing all we can to continue to support our visual arts community during what is going to be a hugely challenging time in the weeks and months to come. We hope that it will be possible for galleries, museums and production spaces across the city to reopen their doors in the coming months; and in the meantime, we will work creatively to find alternative ways to share the work of artists with audiences. We will be back next year – as always working closely with our partner galleries, and alongside our extended network of sister festivals, to celebrate the work of artists with audiences and communities across the city.” 

What makes it special?

  • The vast majority of the festival is free to attend, and includes free events, art exhibitions, performances, screenings, artist talks and guided tours.
  • The festival includes over 40 exhibitions each year, showcasing some of the best contemporary art, fine art and abstract art alongside important artists and works from modern and historical periods.  
  • Each year Edinburgh Art Festival commissions new work by leading and emerging Scottish artists, with a particular emphasis on artists who are developing work for non-gallery contexts. 
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