Hull organiser takes over at Edinburgh
Francesca Hegyi is EIF’s new executive director
Francesca Hegyi has been named as the EIF’s next executive director.
Hegyi, was who awarded an OBE for her work as executive director of Hull’s UK City of Culture programme in 2017, takes up her new post in February.
Francesca Hegyi has worked in culture and the arts for more than 20 years. Prior to her successful stint at Hull, she was a senior adviser to the cultural programme for the London Olympics. She began her career at the Science Museum in London before working as a policy adviser for the Scottish Museums Council in Edinburgh. She moved on to become Head of Regions and International at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council,before joining the Olympics team. She led Kings College London’s Cultural Enquiry into Culture and Major events, exploring how to maximise the benefits and enhancements that cultural activities and programmes can bring to major events.
Hegyi said she feels “privileged and excited” to be appointed to join festival director Fergus Linehan on the leadership team.
“I first experienced the International Festival as a student in Edinburgh nearly 30 years ago and have watched and admired its growth since then,” she said.
“As well as being the cultural highlight of the year, it plays a vital role in the life of the city, for residents as well as the many visitors it attracts. I can’t wait to help shape the next chapter of its future.”
She will take over her new post from Joanna Baker who has been EIF executive director for the past 12 years.