For centuries, Edinburgh has inspired great minds, innovators and artists alike. The world's first UNESCO City of Literature and home to the largest arts festival in the world, Edinburgh continues to build on a creative legacy as deep as it is diverse.

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A close-knit creative community

Edinburgh’s cultural ecosystem is thriving, fuelled by an increasingly vital, energetic and connected creative community. One of the key drivers behind this incredible success story is Edinburgh’s unrivalled festivals line-up, which collectively supports more than 6,000 jobs. The home of the largest arts festival in the world, Edinburgh is alive with performance arts throughout the year, hosting major international tours down to smaller, more intimate city centre venues.  

The city is one of Europe’s most popular film destinations. In 2017, Edinburgh hosted major location shoots for Hollywood blockbusters such as Avengers: Infinity War, as well as a variety of independent and TV productions. Location support is provided via Film Edinburgh

A tech-focused creative sector is also home to some of the most famous console-based games developers in the world, as well as mobile gaming companies, educational gaming expertise and cloud-based games development support services. No wonder the city’s developer community grew by 8% in the second half of 2017. 

Edinburgh is alive with creative spaces, and through Creative Edinburgh members have the chance to engage in a varied programme of networking events, development sessions and knowledge sharing. 

View the animation collaboration by the city's creative community and see why they love being based in Edinburgh!!

We see Edinburgh as awash with the kind of talent that’s vital to driving our business forward. That’s not only down to its status as a world-beating university city, but because it’s a vibrant cultural hub that encourages innovation.

Will Cavendish, Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Pufferfish

Edinburgh – Shenzhen creative incubator 

China is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and a key export market for creative industry products and services from the UK. In addition to local opportunities, the Shenzhen-Edinburgh International Creative Industries Incubation Centre, in China, has been established to help Scottish SMEs understand the opportunities and challenges of operating in a complex market place. Several Edinburgh-based companies in the creative and digital technology sectors with the ambition and capability to trade and showcase in China, have already taken up the opportunity. To discover more, contact: City of Edinburgh Council on T: +44 (0) 131 529 3702.

You'll be in great company!!

Edinburgh is home to a rich, varied and talented creative community, encompassing advertising, architecture, art and design, computer and video games, crafts, designer fashion, film and TV, music and the performing arts.

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