What is Edinburgh Cultural Venues Group?

Duvet Day - Old Saw (Image © www.andycatlin.com)

Duvet Day - Old Saw (Image © www.andycatlin.com)

Our evolving co-operative approach involves:

  • sharing knowledge, expertise and best practice

  • gathering market intelligence and statistical evidence to guide joint promotion, understand collective impact, and underpin advocacy

  • providing coordinated advocacy for cultural venues in Edinburgh, building our business profile through joint messaging and communications

  • reviewing business efficiencies and service standards within our venues, where possible, to develop economies of scale, financial savings, environmental sustainability and increased capacity.

As a result, we aim to:

  • maximise the potential of powerful existing city assets – which makes sense for public and private investors

  • maximise the impact of venues’ finite resources

  • drive ancillary spend across the city - improving resilience and growth for all

  • help us target high spending Cultural Tourists, and the growing City Break market, throughout peak, off peak and shoulder seasons

  • build the city’s reputation as a dynamic, ‘must see’ creative place all year round, not just in August.

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More co-ordinated working will complement the proven success of Festivals Edinburgh

ECVG has constituted itself as a Consortium Co-operative Company Limited by Guarantee with a formal agreement which:

  • sets out operating and governance protocols - including membership criteria, roles and responsibilities of members and office bearers, confidentiality and sharing of information, management of conflict of interest

  • sets out shared values

  • specifies financial and legal commitments.

The ECVG Steering Group currently meets 4 times a year to agree strategies, monitor progress, and identify and secure required resources. Organisations are represented at Chief Executive Officer or senior director level, to ensure effective decision making. Meetings may also involve:

  • expert external speakers, to ‘raise our game’ on specific subjects

  • wider stakeholder sessions to discuss common issues and complementary activities

  • site visits, to see best practice in action elsewhere.


Who is Edinburgh Cultural Venues Group?

The eight founder members of Edinburgh Cultural Venues Group are:

  • Capital Theatres

  • Filmhouse

  • National Galleries of Scotland

  • National Museum of Scotland

  • The Queen's Hall

  • Royal Lyceum Theatre

  • Traverse Theatre

  • Usher Hall