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Æ News – Todd Steps Down from Festival Cavalcade

April 14, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More

2011 Cavalcade scrapped as Director Departs

Edinburgh Cavalcade will not take place in 2011

By Thom Dibdin

The popular Edinburgh Festival Cavalcade will not take place in 2011, as David Todd, who has run the Cavalcade since 2003, announced his departure due to increasing commitments elsewhere.

Edinburgh Council, who run the event, are planning on a complete review in time for the Edinburgh Festivals of 2012. It will be carried out with Mr Todd working in an advisory capacity. The Cavalcade has traditionally been held on the first Sunday of the Edinburgh Fringe and attracts up to 100,000 spectators, who line the route along Princes Street.

According to a press release from the Edinburgh Council, they are now working closely with stakeholders on the review. The release adds that: “Under the plans being drawn up, the funding allocated this year will contribute to planning for the renewed event.”

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion, said: “We have all agreed that we should now take the opportunity to fully review the event. We and our partners are already committing our energies to 2012, when we expect to best showcase the World’s Festivals City.”

David Todd said: “The Cavalcade has been a great family event and has involved thousands of people over the years. I feel it is time for a complete rethink, but sadly I am not in a position to undertake this work myself, due to other commitments which are taking up more and more of my time. However, I am confident that a fresh look may create a wonderful new event for 2012 which will continue to enhance Edinburgh’s international reputation as a premier festival and events city.”

Steve Cardownie added: “David Todd has done an absolutely sterling job at the helm of the Cavalcade over recent years. Obviously we are all very sorry to see David go, but we fully understand his reasons for stepping down. On behalf of everyone at the Council who has worked with David, I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his tireless work in delivering this popular event year after year and to wish him the very best for all his future endeavours.”

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  1. david says:

    naver mind the trams this wat we wait for every year

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