Plotting A New
As World War II ended, the founding vision for the Edinburgh International Festival became even more compelling. Rudolf Bing, the Lord Provost, City of Edinburgh Council and the British Council worked on their proposal. They wanted to reconcile people after the war, to let great art refresh souls and transcend all political and cultural boundaries – ideals that hold true today in an uncertain world.
One year before launch, the interim planning committee became the Council of the Festival Society. The Lord Provost presided as Chairman. Rudolf Bing was confirmed as Festival Director and Ian Hunter as his assistant. Sub-committees were formed for finance, programming, accommodation and catering. All overcame post-war challenges to ensure the first International Festival could take place.