|9 November 2015|

Edinburgh’s festivals are internationally renowned for bringing together some of the most entertaining innovators in the business.

And the search is now on for a new chief executive to lead the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society after the departure of long term incumbent Kath Mainland.

She leaves the organisation after seven years in the role and will take on the role of executive director of the Melbourne Festival in February 2016.

She said: “After seven truly incredible years as chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the time has come to move on to pastures new and I am delighted to be taking on this role at the Melbourne Festival.

“I’d especially like to take this opportunity to thank all the creative souls who take part in the Fringe and make it what it is – the world’s largest, most renowned open-access arts festival. Every year artists from all over the world travel to this great festival city to bring audiences their extraordinary work, and it’s because of them that the Fringe is so successful, and Scotland has such a unique cultural event to be proud of.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said it will begin the recruitment process for a new chief executive imminently.