Whose Festival is it Anyway?

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


One year on from the Cockburn Association’s highly successful City for Sale? The Commodification of Edinburgh’s Public Spaces event, the global pandemic has rocked the City’s Festivals and the country’s tourism and hospitality sectors.

It has highlighted serious issues of economic resilience and public well-being. It has caused many to question the wisdom of growth-centric policies. It has also created a moment for the city, its businesses and its residents to pause and reflect on how Edinburgh’s many Festivals should operate in a post-COVID world.

With a long history of providing a public forum for such discussions about the city, the Association has arranged this Cockburn Conference to explore these issues in greater detail.
Period30 Jan 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Festivals
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • Cockburn Association