The five cultural festivals held in Edinburgh every August will not take place this year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak. 

It's the first time in more than 70 years that the events will not take place. Edinburgh Art Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will not happen as planned in 2020.

The annual events are a regular destination for Irish creatives, from theatremakers to comedians. 

In a tweet, Culture Ireland said it was sad to hear the news, and that a huge range of Irish artists had been due to travel for the Festival, the Fringe and the Book Festival.

Culture Ireland said it was thinking of its Scottish colleagues today and will return in 2021 stronger than ever.