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The Edinburgh FestivalsCulture and Society in Post-war Britain$
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Angela Bartie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748670307

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748670307.001.0001

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The Cultural Resort of Europe: The Creation of the Festival, c. 1944–1947

The Cultural Resort of Europe: The Creation of the Festival, c. 1944–1947

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(p.23) 2 The Cultural Resort of Europe: The Creation of the Festival, c. 1944–1947
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The Edinburgh Festivals
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Angela Bartie

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748670307.003.0002

This chapter covers the origins of the Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama, placing it firmly within the cultural and social context of the immediate post-war society. It considers the organisation, administration and funding of the inaugural Festival against the background of newly introduced state-sponsored support for the arts – the Arts Council – and the growing awareness of tourism as an important ingredient in the local and national economy. It explores the politics of cultural provision in 1940s Britain – including tensions relating to national cultural identity and the continuing emphasis on ‘high culture’ – as well as the new alliance between the churches and the arts. Overall, this chapter explores the new uses put forward for culture in the immediate post-war period and the tensions related to these.

Keywords:   post-war, national identity, high culture, Arts Council, Edinburgh International Festival, tourism, churches, society, 1940s

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