Festivals, Cultural and City Events

What We do

University Venues and Projects

We coordinate the University of Edinburgh’s involvement in all of Edinburgh’s festival activity, large and small scale events and filming throughout the year.

We are deeply sad that Edinburgh’s festivals are not able to go ahead this year, however it’s good to see that some festivals have been able to move their activities online. It’s also great to know that other festival activity is being planned to keep the spirit of the festival alive in the city.

We co-ordinate the use of the University estate as a major hub for Edinburgh’s festivals and city events (circa 1.25 million people from around the world attend shows at University buildings each August) as well as commercial film and television use.

Edinburgh’s busy calendar of events also enables the University to showcase and share the thinking and research led by our academics and students.

Our Venues

The campus’s facilities are varied, offering both interior and exterior spaces suitable for use. Some buildings are new, some historic, but all carry a unique character. Our tenants use them in different ways including bringing in their own pop up venues. 

Please note that our buildings are currently closed due to Covid-19. Our outdoor spaces are open for business providing it is able to be delivered within the Scottish Government’s health guidelines in relation to social distancing.

If you are interested in finding out more about the University’s available facilities or you’d like to book a venue for your event, please contact us.


As well as managing bookings, we work in partnership with University colleagues and external stakeholders to identify and develop cultural events and opportunities to benefit the University and further enhance its contribution to the cultural and civic life of Edinburgh. If you are interested in working with us on a project get in touch. We can help with projects from the ideas stage to fundraising, delivery and evaluation.

The Festivals, Cultural and City Events website provides opportunities to showcase the thinking and research led by academics and students across the University through feature pieces on our website and engagement with cultural events. If you are a University academic, member of staff or student with a festival project please let us know about it so we can feature it.  

University Venues

The University has a wide range of venues that are used for festivals, filming and events throughout the year.