Festivals Edinburgh director announced
Faith Liddell, one of the hardest working figures in the Scottish arts world, has been announced as the inaugural director of Festivals Edinburgh. The organisation was created by the directors of Edinburgh’s festivals with the aim of co-operating around areas of mutual interest while helping maintaining the Scottish capital’s position as the world’s pre-eminent festivals destination.
The part-time position, which is funded by the festivals themselves, is seen as crucial in developing strategy for the collective well-being of future festivals. Liddell is ideally placed to take on the role, having worked in a wide range of positions across the cultural sector. She is a former director of Dundee Contemporary Arts, has worked with the Fringe and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and headed up the Edinburgh International Book Festival for three years. She is currently Executive Producer of award-winning theatre company Suspect Culture.
Liddell said of her appointment, ‘I absolutely relish the opportunity to take on this essential role and to be working with the rich and unrivalled range of Edinburgh’s Festivals, and their partners and funders. I know I can rely not only on the strength and ambition of each individual festival but on a genuinely exciting collaborative approach to future development.’