What is the Edinburgh International Magazine Festival?

Launching in 2019, the Edinburgh International Magazine Festival is the first event of its kind – and a unique opportunity to celebrate the place of magazines in our culture, as well as meet the people behind your favourite titles.

Taking place in various venues across the city of Edinburgh, the festival will feature a variety of events for a wide range of audiences – from families to magazine professionals, and those with an academic interest in magazines to culture vultures.  

At the heart of the festival will be PPA Scotland’s top industry-focused event, the much-loved Magfest (September 20, Central Hall, Edinburgh). Now in its eighth year, Magfest is already established as the must-attend event for Scotland’s vibrant publishing industry. Last year, PPA Scotland welcomed a packed crowd of almost 300 magazine professionals and enthusiasts. 

Previous Magfest speakers have included comics impresario Mark Millar, best-selling author Ian Rankin, Twitter’s Director of Curation Joanna Geary, Radio Times Editor Mark Frith, Empire Editor Terri White, and many more. For the first time this year, members of the general public will be able to join in the festival for the headline interview of the day – a top magazine figure to be announced very soon.

For the Edinburgh International Magazine Festival, Magfest will be joined by a mixture of free and paid-for events with a strong focus on engaging with a wide range of magazine communities. These will include talks and interviews; workshops and hands-on experiences; tours; kids’ events; and more. Individual events will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, please contact Edinburgh International Magazine Festival Director & PPA Scotland Business Manager Laura Dunlop at laura.dunlop@ppascotland.co.uk or on 07788 217 153

Why celebrate magazines?

Did you know that taking time to read a magazine has clear benefits for your mental health? Relaxing with your favourite magazine is an affordable and healthy treat. And importantly, for many people, magazines offer easy access to the incredibly rich world of the written word.

With a magazine in hand, that world, literally, opens up in front of you. While flicking through the pages you can learn new ideas and even fundamentally challenge your current beliefs. You can relax and simply disappear into that world. You can stumble upon a community of fellow enthusiasts or be inspired to try something new. You just never know where the journey ends. 

As the ‘techlash’ against Silicon Valley gathers pace, magazines are a trusted voice with an in-built sense of community. According to Ofcom, magazines are the UK’s most trusted source for news. As the public turn away from clickbait and fake news, magazines provide reliable, quality content.