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Edinburgh editorial contacts: 

Arusa Qureshi (editor): arusa@festmag.com

Ben Venables (deputy editor): ben@festmag.com


2020 Adelaide editorial contacts: 

Laura Desmond (Co-editor): laura@festmag.com

Ben Venables (Co-editor): ben.venables@festmag.com


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Founded in 2002 by Dan Lerner and Guardian journalist Helen Pidd, Fest was launched with the goal of bringing a fresh editorial voice to the crowded Festival market. Over the course of many years, it has grown steadily to become the largest magazine covering the Edinburgh festivals. 

For 2022, after a two-year hiatus from the Edinburgh festivals (and to celebrate our 20th birthday), Fest returned to Scotland's capital. With a renewed design, an overhauled model (switching to weekly issues in August to maximise each edition's shelf life) and a new editor at the helm (Arusa Qureshi), we are extremely excited to be publishing again.

Fest has built up a formidable journalistic reputation at the Festivals and for a number of years Fest writers have taken home either one or both of the prestigious Allen Wright Awards for Arts Journalism.   

2015 marked a new phase for Fest, joining Radge Media alongside their sister title, The Skinny, with a complete overhaul of the design. In 2018, we successfully launched a sister edition of Fest in Adelaide, South Australia, to cover the Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival and WOMADelaide.


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