Special Message for the Summit Special Edition 2020.

Fergus Linehan

Festival Director and CEO
Edinburgh International Festival

Fergus Linehan has been Director and Chief Executive of the Edinburgh International Festival since 2015.

Fergus was born in Dublin where he began his career in the theatre, producing many shows and going on to direct the city’s major arts event, the Dublin Theatre Festival. From 2004 to 2009, Fergus was Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Sydney Festival and from 2010 to 2012, he was Head of Music at Sydney Opera House. From 2012 to 2014, Fergus was Festival Director of Vivid LIVE, an annual event, celebrating ambition and innovation in popular music and digital art. Since arriving at the Edinburgh International Festival, Fergus has presented work by the world’s leading orchestras, opera, theatre, and dance companies as well as expanding the reach of the festival, widening the music offering and creating a special programme of work from countries and artists underrepresented in Edinburgh’s festivals.

Fergus is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and co-chair of IMPACT Scotland, the organisation charged with building Edinburgh’s new concert hall. In 2020 he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from Queen Margaret University.