Edinburgh International Festival - Fergus Linehan

Festival Director and CEO, Edinburgh International Festival

Fergus Linehan became Festival Director of the Edinburgh International Festival in 2014 and presented his first Festival in 2015. Fergus began his career in the theatre in Dublin, producing shows and going on to direct the Dublin Theatre Festival. During that time he commissioned work by artists including Seamus Heaney, Brian Friel and Roddy Doyle. From 2004 to 2009, Fergus was Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Sydney Festival where he presented performances by Robert Lepage, Christopher Wheeldon and Björk to name but a few. From 2010 to 2012, Fergus was Head of Music at Sydney Opera House and, from 2012 – 2014 was Festival Director of Vivid LIVE, an annual event, celebrating popular music and digital art.

Edinburgh International Festival - Fergus Linehan

Other partners

Scottish Government - Fiona Hyslop MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Scottish Parliament - Ken Macintosh

Presiding Officer and MSP for West Scotland

British Council - Sir Ciarán Devane

Chief Executive, British Council

About the 2018 Culture Summit

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit brings together Culture Ministers, artists, thinkers and art leaders from around the world to share ideas, expertise and best practice to inspire positive change in cultural policy and investment. Set against the incomparable backdrop of one of the world's greatest cultural events, the Edinburgh Festivals, the Summit is ideally placed to facilitate conversations between practioners and policy-makers.  


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