Edinburgh International Festival’s Australian Director, Jonathan Mills, has described Britain as a “diverse, welcoming, open spirited and curious place” which knows how to” let its hair down”.

The anti-uptight-Pom-stereotype described by Mills is embodied in the Edinburgh International Festival, he believes.

What is the Edinburgh International Festival?

  • The Edinburgh International Festival has started and runs until the 5th of September 2010.
  • The Festival began after the Second World War with the goal of providing ‘a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’.
  • The Edinburgh International Festival inspired people to put on shows of their own and these blossomed into the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • There are now 12 major annual festivals in Edinburgh, the Festival City.
  • The Edinburgh International Festival is the biggest selling festival in the world apart from the World Cup and the Olympic Games sell more tickets.
  • The Edinburgh International Festival has been used as a model for festival all over the world.

Watch the trailer for the Edinburgh International Festival here.


The British foreign office has released a promotional film in the run up to the 2012 Olympic games featuring the Australian director of the Edinburgh International festival, Jonathan Mills.

Watch Jonathan’s views here.


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