Festival time in Edinburgh

Festival time in Edinburgh

August is festival time in Edinburgh, home of The Royal Bank of Scotland. We play a big part by way of our sponsorships. Here are two that we are most proud of.

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13 August 2012

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Tattoo is set up and run for charitable purposes, but receives no government, council or arts grants. In the last 15 years the Tattoo's costs have risen at three times the rate of inflation.

The Tattoo has gifted some £5 million to service and civilian organisations over the years. The charities the Tattoo supports include those helping service men and women with disabilities, illness, unemployment, homelessness and poverty.

Sponsorship support is crucial to keep ticket prices down, maintain high standards, and safeguard the future of this great Scottish institution.

Tattoo facts

  • More than 12 million people have attended the Tattoo over 61 seasons
  • More than 217,000 people see the Tattoo live each year
  • They are joined by a UK television audience of 6 million, and a further 100 million worldwide
  • Visitors to the Tattoo contribute £88 million to the Scottish economy
  • Not a single performance of the Tattoo has ever been cancelled!

Book Festival logoRBS has sponsored The Edinburgh International Book Festival since 2006. The Book Festival began in 1983: biennial at first, it became a yearly celebration in 1997.

The festival now has over 700 events on its programme which are enjoyed by 220,000 visitors. Each year writers from all over the world gather to exchange thoughts and opinions with their readers. Running alongside the general programme is the highly regarded Children's Programme, now the world's premier books and reading event for young people.

The Book Festival runs its own independent bookselling operation. All proceeds are invested back into the running of the Book Festival, a not-for-profit charity organisation which annually raises in excess of 80% of its own funds.

Read more about our sponsorships.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

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