November 23rd, 2014.
I am in the process of rationalising my various web stuff. The
new festival-related pages can be found here. You will see
that I am in the process of making various changes. From December 1st,
2014 I will only update the new site, and from January 1st, 2015
accesses to this site (edinburghfestivalpunter.co.uk) will be
automatically forwarded to the new site.
|EIF joins pre-announcement game|
November 12th, 2014.
Edinburgh International Festival has announced that Antigone, starring
Juliette Binoche,will be part of the drama programme at the 2015
festival. Public booking for Antigone commences on November 29th, 2014.
This production can also be seen at the Barbican in London during March
2015. In addition, public booking for concerts and recitals at the
Usher Hall and Queen's Hall will commence on February 14th, 2015. The
complete 2015 festival programme will be announced on Wednesday March
18th, 2015 (the usual date).
|Submissions open for 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival|
November 5th, 2014.
Submissions are now open for the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival. Details can be found here on the EIFF website.
|Edinburgh Festival Fringe roadshows|
November 4th, 2014.
may be my imagination but the Fringe's roadshows for prospective
performers seem to be getting earlier. There are two in late November,
one in London and the other in Edinburgh. The latest information on all
the planned roadshows can be found here on the Fringe website.
|Creative Scotland 3-year funding (2015-2018)|
posted October 30th, 2014. updated October 31st, 2014.
Creative Scotland has announced details of its stable 3-year funding for 2015-2018.
£100m will be made available. The Festival & King's theatres will
receive funding for the first time under this scheme while the Royal
Lyceum and Traverse see reductions in their grants of 17.5% and 11.1%
respectively. See the article in The Stage.
|St. Stephen's is back|
posted October 15th, 2014.
Thom Dibdin (alledinburghtheatre.com) reports
that St. Stephen's is up and running as a community centre. A tenant is
currently being sought to run the building during the 2015 festival. It
had previously been used as a Fringe venue for a number of years by Aurora Nova,
and more recently by Northern Stage and The Traverse.
|End of Jonathan Mills' reign at the EIF|
posted October 3rd, 2014.
Jonathan Mills' time as Artistic Director of the Edinburgh
International Festival came to an end this week. The EIF website has
produced this celebration of his tenure. Fergus Linehan officially took over the role with effect from October 1st.
|Chris Fujiwara steps down from role as EIFF's Artistic Director|
posted September 16th, 2014.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced that Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara is stepping down from the role to pursue other activities.
|Comedy fans see more than 300 Fringe shows|
posted September 9th, 2014.
The British Comedy Guide has an interview with comedy fans David and Carole Chapple who managed to see over 300 shows during this year's Fringe festival.
box office takings for 2014 exceed £3m
August 31st, 2014.
The Scotsman reports that box
office takings at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival exceeded
£3m for the first time.
declares that 2m tickets issued barrier broken
August 26th, 2014.
In its closing press release the
Edinburgh Festival Fringe states that an estimated 2.18m tickets were
issued during the 2014 festival.
Hooves version 2
August 24th, 2014.
The Stage reports that a £50k
study is to be carried out to help Edinburgh's key festivals
maintain their position as world leaders. Thundering Hooves was the report
that was issued back in 2006 to investigate the problems which faced
the festivals at that time.
registers small surplus for year ending Nov 2013
August 24th, 2014.
far as I can see there is no article on the recent Fringe AGM which
mentions the accounts. For the record, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Society registered a surplus of £166k for the year that ended on
November 30th, 2013. Members of the Fringe Society have access to the
accounts via its website.
August 22nd, 2014.
Liddell, director of the umbrella body Festivals Edinburgh, has told
MSPs that it is essential that levels of financial backing for the
festivals are maintained in the face of wider budget cuts if Edinburgh
is to retain its crown as the world's leading festival city. See this article in The Scotsman.
Gardner disagrees with Demarco
August 22nd, 2014.
Gardner, Guardian critic, disagrees with Richard Demarco on his
criticism of modern festivals. She considers that the spirit of the Fringe is alive and well.
Festival Fringe Society's 2014 AGM
August 21st, 2014.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society's Annual General Meeting was held
on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014. Coverage in the media has so
on the reaction to the cancellation of the Israeli show from
Theatre after protest demonstrations by pro-Palestinian campaigners.
See the articles in The Stage and The Scotsman. The results of
the voting for places on the Board of Directors have now been announced on the Fringe website.
decries modern Edinburgh festivals
August 17th, 2014.
that Richard Demarco, the veteran arts impressario, believes that the
festivals have become too bloated and obsessed with awards. He feels
that the Fringe has lost its founding spirit.
of need for additional EIF funding
August 7th, 2014.
that outgoing EIF artistic director Sir Jonathan Mills has warned that
the international festival will need to secure extra funding in the
coming years if it is to maintain its position in the competitive world
concert sponsorship extended to 2017
July 30th, 2014.
Scotsman reports that Virgin Money's sponsorship of the
Edinburgh International Festival's fireworks concert will continue
until at least 2017.