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Edinburgh Festivals Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

Edinburgh's festivals have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe, the Art Festival, the International Book Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have all been scrapped.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of all of Edinburgh's festivals this year. Image: AAP

Fergus Linehan, festival director, Edinburgh International Festival, said: "We are hugely disappointed to announce this cancellation but given the current outlook we believe it is the correct decision.

"The Edinburgh International Festival was born out of adversity - an urgent need to reconnect and rebuild. The current crisis presents all at the festival with a similar sense of urgency. Work begins straight away on a 2021 festival season that will boost both our spirits and our economy."

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Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: "It's heart-breaking that the Fringe and our sister August festivals will not take place as planned this summer. However, having taken advice and considered all the options, we collectively believe this is the only appropriate response."