Festivals, Cultural and City Events

Who we are

About us

Festivals, Cultural and City Events is the University of Edinburgh’s interface with people and communities interested in culture. We coordinate the use of the University campus for festival and cultural events and work with partners to help cultural life in Edinburgh flourish.

Janet Archer

Director of Festival, Cultural and City Events

As the University's first Director of Festival, Cultural and City Events, Janet's role provides leadership across the University to extend its partnerships with the cultural sector, especially the city's festivals. Her role also focuses on working in partnership with key industry, public sector and University colleagues to identify, create, facilitate and develop opportunities that will benefit the University of Edinburgh and enhance its standing with students, staff and communities, locally and globally.

The Team

The University of Edinburgh’s Festival, Culture and City Events is a collaborative team who have experience as live event project managers and have worked in arts venues, theatre and cinema management throughout the UK.    

The team has grown its portfolio from managing and programming small theatres to coordinating extensive summer Fringe Festival activity.  Our breadth of knowledge includes front of house and bar management, box office, health and safety and licensing.  

We are passionate about the creative use of the University Estate and enabling and supporting colleagues to contribute to the cultural life of the city.  We coordinate year-round activity across the campus supporting ad hoc events and festivals within the city including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and with the Edinburgh International Science Festival in the National Museum of Scotland.  TV & film location work include most recent Fast and Furious 9 and Songs of Praise in McEwan Hall.

We have produced highlights such as The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors in Old College Quad in 2014, Tony Oursler’s Influence Machine in George Square Gardens in 2016 and Film in the Old College Quad (2014 to 2016)

Lorna Brain

Festivals Manager

Anastasia Bishop

Festivals Coordinator

Kate Lindey

Festivals Coordinator 

Gwen Orr

Festivals Coordinator

Robin Sanders

Festivals Coordinator

Susan Leven

Estates Operations - Festival & Events Coordinator


Our Team

Festivals, Cultural and City Events is a hub of activity all year round, with five full-time staff. Find out more about our team.

Festivals, Cultural and City Events FAQ (secured)

Information for University Staff on festival activity, filming and major events taking place on campus.