Ticket sales for Edinburgh’s summer festivals, including those overlapping with the Olympics, dropped by just 0.39% in 2012, according to a report to the City Edinburgh Council.
The report, to the council’s culture and leisure committee which meets next week, outlines the attendance data for eight summer festivals from the film festival in June to the Mela in September. Attendance at non-ticketed events, excluding the Fringe, rose by 5%.
The findings mirror those in the recently published statistics from the The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, which show that while London attractions experienced a 15% downturn in visitors this summer, Scotland’s museums and galleries increased visitors by 16%.
According to the CEC report, attendance at ticketed events in 2012 was 2,419,754, down 9,458 from 2011. Estimated attendance at non-ticketed events, excluding at the Fringe’s High Street and Mound precinct, were 761,353, up 38,927 from 2011.
A spokesman for the Fringe Society told The Stage that he expected figures for the non-ticketed events to be stable at the 2011 level of 716,458. If confirmed, this would put the across-the-board increase on non-ticketed events at 2.71%. No figures are included for attendance at Edinburgh Free Fringe events.
The report outlines CEC investment in the festivals amounting to £3.22m, including £0.33m to maintain grants at 2011/12 levels and programme enhancement funding to help combat the problems of operating alongside the Olympics. The major beneficiary is the international festival, which received £2.53m in 2012/13.
The eight events covered are the Edinburgh film, jazz and blues, art, fringe, international and book festivals, as well as the military tattoo and the Mela. Funding of £180,000 goes to umbrella organisation Festivals Edinburgh.