As I write we pass the halfway point on the most sodden Edinburgh festival in many years. And the usual controversies rage. For many locals there’s an increasing feeling that the festival is something done to Edinburgh rather than for it.
There are many parts of this city where the balance sheet of festival pros and cons is negative. Now there have always been curmudgeons annoyed by the impossible enthusiasm and exuberance of the bright young things staging their annual artistic invasion. But this is a different criticism. This is a claim that the organisation of the festivals contribute to a structural inequality taking wealth from the city’s masses and depositing it into the hands of rich producers from elsewhere.