|Free Fringe breakaway group|
posted December 8th, 2013.
that a group of comedians plans to break away from the PBH Free Fringe
to form a separate group, probably to be called Freestival. This would
make three organisations offering free Fringe shows: Laughing Horse,
PBH Free Fringe and Freestival. Here is one comedian who is not convinced that this is a good idea.
open for Ideas Tap Underbelly 2014 award
December 5th, 2013.
Tap is teaming up with Underbelly
once again in 2014 to help selected young companies with their Fringe
productions. A total of £25K in funding will be made available. If you
are between 18 and 30 you can apply. The closing date
for applications is January 14th, 2014.
review and changes to The
August Feast ...
December 5th, 2013.
I have just completed my annual
review of The August Feast: A Punter's
Perspective on Edinburgh and its Festivals and
made a few minor changes. This tome includes a summary of my favourite shows over the years.
Last year I added Mies Julie and Watt. This year's additions are
Quietly and Grounded.
to host second International Culture Summit
December 4th, 2013.
After the successful inaugural
International Culture Summit which was held in Edinburgh in August 2012
the Scottish Government has announced
that the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh will host a second summit
from August 10th-12th, 2014.
Society - Participants' Council election result
November 29th, 2013.
Dec Munro has won the recent
election to fill the current vacancy in the Performer category on the
roadshows - dates
November 26th, 2013.
Dates for the various Fringe
roadshows can now be found here on the Fringe website.
One notable addition to the orginal announcement is a live streamed
roadshow from Edinburgh which will take place from 1900 to 2100 GMT on
Thursday 23rd January, 2014.
tickets for Fringe 2014 on sale!
November 18th, 2013.
that the first tickets for Fringe 2014 are on sale. Stand-ups Daniel
Sloss and Jimeoin have confirmed their shows for 2014 at Venue 150 @
The Edinburgh International Conference Centre. What odds that we
eventually reach the stage where tickets for next year's Fringe will be
available before this year's event has finished?
roadshows - early information
November 5th, 2013.
An informal "Meet the Venues"
session will take place at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh on
November 30th, 2013. An
initial roadshow for would-be Edinburgh Fringe 2014 participants will
in the Platform Theatre at Central St. Martins behind Kings Cross
station in London on December 14th, 2013. Further roadshows in early
2014 are currently planned for New York, Adelaide, Orlando, Leicester
and Edinburgh. Details of these events will be posted when they become
available. See this page on the Fringe website
to keep abreast of the latest information.
2014 to introduce new strands
November 4th, 2013.
The Edinburgh International Film
Festival has started to accept submissions for next year's festival. It has announced
that there will be a number of new strands in 2014. The Gala strand
will feature major UK premieres of both British and international
films; For the Family is fairly self-explanatory; and New
will showcase new fiction and documentary filmmaking that raises
challenging questions about the medium. There will also be a focus on
the best of German cinema in EIFF 2014.
Traverse Associate Director
October 24th, 2013.
Thom Dibdin reports
that Emma Callander will become the next Traverse Associate Director,
taking over from Hamish Pirie who will leave in March 2014. Emma is a
freelance director and co-artistic director of Theatre Uncut.
Society - Participants' Council vacancy
October 15th, 2013.
Gareth Morinan's recent election
to the Fringe Society's Board of
Directors has resulted in a vacancy in the Performer category on the
Participants' Council. Nominations are now being accepted for this
position. They will close on October 30th, 2013. Further details can be
found here on the Fringe website.
conference discusses Edinburgh Festival costs
October 5th, 2013.
The comedy industry has this week
held its latest conference in
London. One of the topics on the agenda was the rising costs of putting
a show on in Edinburgh. Chortle reports on the debate
which included concerns on the cost of publicity.
Scotland senior management shake-up
October 3rd, 2013.
Creative Scotland has announced a
major restructuring of its senior
management. The current three directors of creative development will be
replaced by three more specific director roles: arts and engagement;
film and media; and creative industries. The Stage provides an overview of the changes
while The Scotsman focuses on the changes and
possible effects on the film industry.
City Council proposes static cultural budgets for 2014-2015
October 1st, 2013.
The Stage reports
that Edinburgh City Council proposes to keep its cultural budget for
2014-2015 at the same level as 2013-2014. This is despite cuts in other
areas. Culture, which includes grants to Edinburgh's various festivals,
accounts for about 1% of council expenditure.
Money extends Fringe sponsorship
September 25th, 2013.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has announced
that Virgin Money is to extend its sponsorship of 'Fringe on the High
Street' until 2016.
government's proposed arts funding for 2014-2015
September 14th, 2013.
Details from the Scottish government's draft budget for 2014-2015
indicate an 8.2% reduction in the capital and revenue spending of the
five national performing companies but quite modest decreases elsewhere
across the arts sector according to Thom Dibdin's article in The Stage.
dispute with the taxman resolved
September 13th, 2013.
Accountancy Age reports that the
dispute between the Summerhall Fringe venue and HMRC has now been
chair for NTS
September 11th, 2013.
The Stage reports that Seona Reid
has been appointed chair of the National Theatre of Scotland, replacing
inaugural chair of the 7 year-old company.