Edinburgh International Magazine Festival

by Laura Dunlop in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th June 2019 we successfully raised £565 with 10 supporters in 42 days

We will launch an International Magazine Festival in Edinburgh this September, and we need your help!

by Laura Dunlop in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Edinburgh International Magazine Festival, September 16-22 2019

PPA Scotland has a game changing idea in 2019. 

We want to create a festival that helps put more magazines in the hands of more people. And we want to offer a platform / vehicle / canvas / gathering, that will allow those who LOVE all things magazine related to display that LOVE and to connect with like-minded fanatics.

Did you know that taking time to read a magazine has clear benefits for your mental health? Relaxing with your favourite magazine is also an affordable and healthy treat. And importantly, for many people, magazines offer a relatively 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. 

Our journey starts here. The inspiration drawn from magazines has inspired PPA Scotland to run a new international festival.

The Edinburgh International Magazine Festival will bring together everyone with a passion for magazines from September 16-22. From the industry game-changers (where Scotland leads the way), small local groups of magazine enthusiasts to magazine mad individuals. 

But aren't magazines dying off?

You couldn't be further from the truth. This festival isn't breathing new life in to a tired medium, it is the opportunity to help that medium flourish! 

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. 

So, if you believe in the power of magazines to help shape a better world, from local community to the global village PLEASE support this project. 

By committing to one of our ticket types before the end of our campaign you will help us launch this locally-minded international festival. 

Not only that but you will help support the powerful, creative and cultural role of magazines. 

You will of course also be able to take advantage of some exclusive events and of course the best value access to other amazing events. 

PLUS some exclusive merchandise. 

We need you to help us achieve our target of £7,000 before the end of May. 

One of the core objectives of the festival is to encourage more people to read magazines. By offering an amazing list of events we will encourage thousands of people to pick up, dive in and enjoy their new favourite magazine. 

Scotland has some of the most innovative, exciting and unique magazine titles in the world, as well as some of the most famous. The Edinburgh International Magazine Festival will place Scotland’s amazing titles into more people’s hands and then into their hearts. 

Your early commitment will allow us to:

 - Commit to support not for profit organisations that wish to promote magazines as an accessible form of literature. These organisations will include schools, colleges, universities, libraries and prisons

 - Raise the awareness of magazine-related events across Edinburgh

 - Raise the international and national awareness of Scotland’s vital magazine sector 

 - Raise awareness of the benefits of magazines - for mental health, community-building and informing readers about the world around us


With your support, we are planning to bring you around 20 events at this year's festival. If we surpass our initial target of £7000 we will be able to add more! Here is a flavour of the kinds of things we have planned.

September 20, Central Hall, Edinburgh

Scotland's top event for the creative community around magazines has been running for eight years. This year, it will be at the heart of the new Edinburgh International Magazine Festival. 

Magfest brings together hundreds of magazine lovers and attracts top global speakers. Past years have featured 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. Magfest is the must-attend event for Scottish magazine publishers.

Talks and Interviews 

The people behind your favourite magazines are some of most creative, innovative, culturally and politically engaged, and entrepreneurial people around. The Edinburgh International Magazine Festival will be a unique opportunity to hear from these game changers. 

Workshops and hands-on experiences

Learn about creative writing, roll your sleeves up for a creative collaboration with the inspirational women behind She Is Fierce, work on your resilience with Brave Your Day magazine or meet the artists and writers behind your favourite magazines. 

We are also bringing together magazine professionals with digital experts for a MagJamm, a hackathon style event, to look at how to continue the magazine journey towards being multi-media brands.


Dive into the history of magazines, with exclusive archive tours that will look at our past through the prism of some of our best magazines.

Kids' events

Whether your kids want to create their own comic character or get covered in slime, we will have some brilliant ways for younger readers to get involved. And for the more reluctant readers, we'll offer an exciting gateway towards improved literacy through fun activities.

...And More

We will be unveiling plans for a magazine-related movie night, talks on your favourite sports, exhibitions and networking events soon.

The Edinburgh International Magazine Festival is run by the not for profit PPA Scotland and is supported by Gallus Events. All profit generated is put back into the magazine industry in Scotland.

Please note: Places on some events will be limited, and on a first come, first served basis once launched. Crowdfunders will be notified of new events as they launch to enable them to book their places early, in order to avoid disappointment.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£150 or more

2 of 100 claimed

Change the Game - ALL Events Pass

Are you always described as inspiring? Forward thinking? It's time to celebrate your awesomeness by becoming a game changer. Have your name listed on the festival website and get the opportunity to access ALL official EIMF events, including Magfest. PLUS receive some valuable merchandise to make everyone jealous! (PPA members should buy Magfest tickets through PPA to access member price. To support EIMF please select PPA Member Supporter.)

£10 or more

Back the Festival

Just want to show your support at this stage? That's great, we're really happy to have you on board. By putting in even a small amount of money, you will show your love of magazines and help us chip away at our target to make the Edinburgh International Magazine Festival a reality. In return, you'll get regular updates and a pre-booking link that will get you first access to tickets. And you will be showered with our eternal thanks!

£25 or more

Wear Your Support

Want to wear your support for magazines on your chest? Now's your chance to snap up an exclusive Edinburgh International Magazine Festival t-shirt! Designed for us by award-winning Creative Director of The Big Issue, Ross Lesley-Bayne, these will be a memento to remember that you were right there on the ground floor of this amazing new festival. You'll also get regular updates and a pre-booking link that will get you first access to tickets.

£50 or more

Live Stream Top Magazine Talks and Interviews

You will receive your own unique link so that you can watch the keynote speeches and other sessions at this year's Magfest as they happen. You will also have 12 months access to these amazing sessions. The keynotes feature the cream of magazine talent as they give the latest insights into the international magazine industry. You'll also get regular updates on the festival, and a big high five from us!

£60 or more

1 of 100 claimed

PPA Member Supporter

Our exclusive bundle for PPA members will give you access to all events EXCEPT Magfest. This will allow you to continue to access PPA member prices for Magfest. You will also receive valuable merchandise (the same bundle as the Change the Game attendees), sure to be collectors' items of the future!

£90 or more

0 of 50 claimed

All EIMF events (inc online access to Magfest)

Access to ALL official EIMF events, including online access to Magfest. Detailed above PLUS physical access to all other EIMF events!

£250 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Support the Community

Leave a lasting legacy by picking up the tab for any of the charities and not for profit organisations who want to be part of the EIMF's Associated events. Your generosity will help us to recover many of their costs and will provide a resource to support them during the festival build up.

£500 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Redefine the Rules

You redefine the rules and as a result your name or company logo will be lit up as a Game Changer on the website, as well as getting a thank you announcement through our social channels. You will have FULL access to enter ANY and ALL of the official EIMF events, for two guests. You'll also receive exclusive merchandise including an official t-shirt, bag, and mug for each guest.

£4,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Sponsor a Game Changing Festival

Does your game-changing organisation want to be associated with the inaugural Edinburgh International Magazine Festival? Sponsorship benefits include: Branding on all promotional and advertising material, inc citywide poster campaign; Branding at all Festival events; Ad spaces in PPA Scotland newsletter; Opportunity to host events; Recognition in press releases; Info on Festival website; 2 x entrance to all events and EIMF merch

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