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Edinburgh International Festival offers chance to shadow event directors

Lars Eidinger in Richard III Photo: Arno Declair Lars Eidinger in Richard III at last year's Edinburgh International Festival. Photo: Arno Declair
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Edinburgh International Festival is launching a mentorship scheme to teach people how to run an international arts event.

Celebrating the festival’s 70th anniversary, the scheme will allow successful applicants to work with festival director Fergus Linehan and managing director Joanna Baker to gain first-hand experience of running EIF.

Applications are invited from those who have worked in the cultural sector for at least five years, and who have worked in Scotland or are currently resident there.

The scheme will run for three years across the festivals in 2017, 2018 and 2019 with one mentee selected for each year.

It aims to help those looking to become programmers, producers and cultural managers gain experience in the area.

EIF is offering a salary of £25,000 for the scheme.

Linehan said: “It’s really important that we can share the wealth of expertise and experience which exists within the international festival team, so that we can best support the next generation of cultural leaders in Scotland who will take this festival and other organisations forward in future years.”

Applications are now open and the first mentee will start in June, ahead of the 2017 Festival.

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