Edinburgh International Festival artistic director Jonathan Mills has announced that he is to stand down from the post in 2014, when he will have been in post for eight years.
Mills took up the position in the autumn of 2006 with a five-year contract up to the festival of 2011. He has extended that twice – first for a year to include the 2012 Olympics and then up to 2014, the year of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s EIF programme, Mills said: “I am anticipating that 2014 will be my final festival. That is what I and the board of the festival are discussing at the moment and that is what we are saying is my last festival. I have enjoyed thoroughly my six years here so far.”
This year’s programme is the largest in scope in recent memory. Specific project grants for 2012 will increase public funding by 12% over last year while there has been a 15% increase in funding from private and commercial sources. This year’s event is expected to top £10 million turnover for the first time ever.