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Edinburgh and the Creative Industries

Edinburgh’s association with the arts has been celebrated for centuries. The city features architecture from Robert Adam, William Playfair, Norman Foster and Enric Miralles. It’s home to the Royal Scottish Academy, the National Gallery of Art, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Walter Scott’s Monument is a constant reminder of the importance of literary ties. And the Edinburgh Festival is the largest arts festival in the world.

The city also has a thriving film and television production industry, and hosts around half of Scotland’s production companies. There’s a large newspaper and publishing industry, a host of thriving marketing, PR, advertising and design agencies, and dozens of significant players in computer game and app design, fashion, crafts, music and the performing arts.

Edinburgh is a place where creativity is not only apparent — it’s also welcomed, celebrated and encouraged to thrive.


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Convention Edinburgh, part of Marketing Edinburgh, is charged with promoting the city as a destination for business events. We seek to engage with our key sectors to facilitate and encourage these gatherings, which ultimately result in a thriving knowledge economy. Edinburgh TechHour is a Convention Edinburgh initiative feeding into a VisitScotland national campaign to promote Business Events in Scotland on the global stage. For more information on organising a conference or meeting in Edinburgh, check out http://www.makeitedinburgh.com