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Edinburgh festivals sign ‘matchmaker’ pact with Adelaide in Australia

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Edinburgh has teamed up with Adelaide in Australia in an attempt to bolster creativity and the economy of each city’s festivals.

Both Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival have signed formal agreements with their counterparts in the Australian city, which officials claim will provide an economic boost “for both cities”.

EIF signed a memorandum of understanding with the Adelaide Festival pledging “to “develop and promote creative, business and community collaborations”.

This will include the festivals working together to co-commission performances to premiere in either city.

At the same time, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society agreed with the Adelaide Fringe to “matchmake” artists by sharing industry contacts, as well as providing opportunities for staff development and exchanging guidance on how to better deliver events.

South Australia’s arts minister Jack Snelling hailed the agreements as “a huge step forward” in the relationship between “the world’s leading festival cities”.

He added: “The economic benefit for both cities can’t be disputed. This is a historic moment.”

EIF director Fergus Linehan said the deal “consolidated” existing links between the cities.

He went on: “Creative exchange and the strengthening of international ties by means of cultural discussion, lies right at the heart of what the Edinburgh International Festival is and has been since its foundation nearly 70 years ago.”

Nearly 30 artists from Adelaide are performing at festivals in Edinburgh this month, with many of them featured in the Made in Adelaide showcases at Summerhall.

Shona McCarthy, chief executive of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, added: “We are looking forward to working in partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival and our Australian friends at the Adelaide Fringe and Festival to ensure the continued development and sustainability of these world renowned events.”

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