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Festivals Edinburgh appoints new director

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Festivals Edinburgh has appointed Julia Amour as its new Director, succeeding Faith Liddell who is stepping down from the role in November.

Julia brings significant experience to the position developed across the cultural, economic development and education sectors, having previously held senior positions with the British Council, Scottish Development International and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

Ken Hay, Chair of Festivals Edinburgh: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Julia to the post of Director of Festivals Edinburgh. Julia’s skills and experience made her the ideal candidate for the role, and we look forward to working with her in implementing the recommendations of the recent Thundering Hooves 2.0 study, maintaining Edinburgh’s position as the world’s leading festival city.’

Julia said: ‘I’m thrilled to be joining Festivals Edinburgh in the role of Director, to work with Edinburgh’s 12 major festivals on supporting their next phase of collective development. Edinburgh’s collaborative approach is admired around the world, and it’s an exciting time to be joining the team. There is such great potential to strengthen our local, national and global reach and make an even bigger difference for the city and for Scotland.’

Julia takes up the position early December 2015.