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 2016 Culture Summit

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2016 brought together Culture Ministers with prominent artists, thinkers and others responsible for formulating cultural policy. 

They discussed how the arts enrich the lives of people around the world and contribute to the wellbeing of nations.


  • many congratulations @FergusLinehan @edintfest - fantastic news for the next 5yrs https://t.co/RMyKYJTzCg
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