in Scotland Showcase 2013 announced
May 15th, 2013.
list of Fringe shows which constitute the Made
in Scotland Showcase for 2013 has been announced. Made
in Scotland is a curated showcase of some of the best dance, theatre
productions from Scotland at the Fringe. It was originally set up to
international profile of Scottish dance and theatre, with music being
added this year. It is a joint
initiative between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Creative
Scotland and the Federation of Scottish Theatre - supported by the
Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.
defends early ticket sales
May 10th, 2013.
The Scotsman estimates that half the shows
in this year's Fringe are already on sale
although the official launch is not until May 30th. The Fringe Society
claims that this is in response to audience demand and requests from
show producers and promoters. I believe the latter, particularly those
who are in danger of losing money on shows in large venues. However, I
have not spoken to any punter who is in favour of this slightly chaotic
approach. Perhaps I just mix with the wrong sort of punter?
Society warning on venue licence fees
May 4th, 2013.
The Scotsman reports
that the Fringe Society has warned the City Council that entertainment
licence fees for venues are the highest in the UK with the attendant
danger that producers may take shows elsewhere.
- a new Fringe venue
May 3rd, 2013.
is now a 200-seater performing space within the new rehearsal complex
behind the Edinburgh Festival theatre. Topside, as it will be known at
festival time, will be used as a Fringe
venue this year under the Underbelly banner. See the article in The Stage.
Brewery to be used as a Fringe venue
April 26th, 2013.
Scotsman reports that the site of the former Fountain Brewery
in Fountainbridge will be used as a venue in August to stage NoFit
State Circus's production of Bianco which is one of the shows
in the British
Council's Edinburgh Showcase 2013.
Council's Edinburgh Showcase 2013 announced
April 24th, 2013.
Edinburgh Showcase is a biennial platform of contemporary UK drama and
dance performance which is selected by the British Council for the
Edinburgh Fringe. The 2013 showcase has been announced.
An article on the announcement can be found in The Guardian.
IPA renews Fringe sponsorship
April 24th, 2013.
It has been announced that Caledonian
Brewery, in the guise of its Deuchars
IPA product, is to renew its sponsorship of the Fringe for a further
three years. They provide Fringe venue boards and maps.
Festival programme for 2013 launched
April 23rd, 2013.
The Edinburgh Magic Festival launched its programme for the
2013 festival today. Details of the press release, links to the
festival web site and initial articles on the programme can
appoints Director Designate
April 23rd, 2013.
The Edinburgh International
Festival has announced the appointment of Fergus Linehan
as Director Designate.
He will assume a part-time role on May 1st, 2013, eventually taking
over the Director and Chief Executive role from Jonathan Mills on
October 1st, 2014. He has been given a 5 year contract, taking him up
to 2019. Articles can be found in various places, including BBC News, Joyce McMillan in The Scotsman and
Phil Miller in The Herald.
April 15th, 2013.
The Edinburgh Film Festival
continues to drip-feed items from the 2013 programme. The latest crop
announces that the closing film will be NOT ANOTHER HAPPY
that there will be a retrospective of director Richard Fleischer. A retrospective of Jean Grémillon
previously announced back in February.
home for Forest Fringe
April 6th, 2013.
Forest Fringe has a new home
The venue is the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, off Leith walk. Forest
Fringe will be there with a full programme from August 16th to the 25th
Art Festival programme for 2013 unveiled
April 4th, 2013.
The Edinburgh Art Festival unveiled its programme for the
2013 festival yesterday. Links to the festival web site and initial
on the programme can be found on
for cultural venues
April 1st, 2013.
Edinburgh City Council has
produced a report on the potential
development of cultural venues in the future. This followed on from a
meeting last November which was attended by venue managers, promoters
and leaders of Edinburgh's cultural institutions. It should be noted
that this is all a bit "blue sky thinking" - there are no firm plans at
the moment. A summary of some of the possible options can be found in this article in The Scotsman.
March 29th, 2013.
The Edinburgh Film Festival has announced a grant of £110k from the Scottish
Government's Expo Fund.
This is part of a £250k funding package that also includes support from
Creative Scotland, Creative Skillset and Creative England.
of the Traverse Theatre
March 28th, 2013.
It appears that Joyce McMillan's
excellent programme on the
history of the Traverse Theatre on Radio 3 is to remain
available on the BBC iPlayer for the foreseeable future. It is well
worth a listen.
on George Street
March 20th, 2013.
The proposal to close part of George Street
during the festival again this year has been given the green light
by Edinburgh Council. Despite the oppposition of local traders
permission has been given for the Spiegeltent and an outdoor bar to be
sited in the middle of the street adjacent to the Assembly Rooms.
2013 programme launched
March 12th, 2013.
The Edinburgh International Festival launched the programme for the
2013 festival this morning. Links to the programme brochure, reports of
and early feedback on the programme from the critics can be found on
Money sponsorship of fireworks concert
March 10th, 2013.
The Scotsman reports
that Virgin Money has agreed to extend its sponsorship of the Edinburgh
International Festival's fireworks concert for a further two years. The
concert has been bringing the festival to a close since 1982.
plans improvements to Royal Mile
February 22nd, 2013.
Edinburgh City Council planners have produced a variety of
recommendations to improve the Royal Mile for residents and visitors
alike. The council will consult with all interested parties before
firming up the proposals. Articles can be found in The Edinburgh Reporter and The Scotsman.
Festival sponsorship deal with Baillie Gifford
February 21st, 2013.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced
a three year sponsorship deal with investment managers Baillie Gifford.
The Edinburgh-based partnership has been a supporter of the festival
since 2001 but will now become the lead sponsor.
review of Book Festival 2012 available
February 20th, 2013.
The annual review of the Edinburgh
International Book Festival 2012 can be downloaded from its
website. It includes lots of statistics, including the total number of
visitors which stood at 225,000.