The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced the locations of its upcoming events.
The festival will be held at the Edinburgh College of Art, before moving to a brand new city center and the University of Edinburgh site in 2024.
Building on the success of last year’s hybrid program, this year will see the current site expand, with increased capacity and number of sites. Last year was the first year the Book Festival has moved since its inception in 1983, beginning its long-term partnership with the University of Edinburgh.
As part of the partnership, the event will move to the Edinburgh Futures Institute in 2024, a landmark development based on the site of the former Royal Infirmary on Lauriston Place.
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The University of Edinburgh said it was transforming the building into a space for multidisciplinary collaborations and partnerships.
Organizers say the institute will provide the Book Festival with a variety of accessible indoor and outdoor venues as well as the necessary facilities to host a hybrid program of live and in-person events. They say the venue provides ample space to create the atmospheric literary gathering place that audiences and authors have long enjoyed for socializing, connecting and sparking ideas.
Festival director Nick Barley said: “We are extremely excited to return to Edinburgh College of Art in August, where we can bring back the buzz of Edinburgh’s best festival years. We’ll build on what we offered last year and look forward to sharing how this charming and welcoming site can provide unforgettable experiences for audiences and authors alike.
“We have worked closely with the University of Edinburgh over the past two years and are delighted that our new permanent home will be the Edinburgh Futures Institute from 2024, a historic building with a ‘green village’ outdoor space. very important campaign which is developed for the enjoyment of all and of which our festival city can be proud.
He continued: “It creates extraordinary and game-changing opportunities for the book festival, but more importantly – for the first time in our festival’s history – it helps us plan a number of years in advance.
“The new site will allow us to continue to rebuild our world-renowned program, while placing accessibility, sustainability and innovation at the heart of what we do with a very important outdoor ‘green village’ space.”
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Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Peter Mathieson, said: “I am delighted that the University of Edinburgh is deepening its partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
“We will provide world-class venues, and our students and staff will be an integral part of the festival programme, sharing and discussing ideas with audiences in Edinburgh and around the world. We look forward to welcoming book festival-goers to Edinburgh College of Art for the next two years.
“When the festival then moves to the Edinburgh Futures Institute from 2024, it will help realize the inscription engraved on its wall: ‘Patet Omnibus’, which stands for ‘Open to All’.”
This year’s hybrid festival will take place from August 13-29.