Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, has released an update on the state of affairs for the event, covering a range of topics including registration and Fringe event logistics.
Event registration for the Edinburgh Fringe will open on 5 May 2021 and will remain open until the end of the festival. Shona noted that ‘we are acutely aware of how difficult the last year has been for artists, and we’re doing everything we can to support them in making work this year and beyond’. With this in mind, the Edinburgh Fringe Board of Directors have reduced registration fees by 25% across all tiers and have removed the top tier altogether.
A £75,000 Fringe Artist and Venue Recovery Fund has also been announced and will be available to Fringe companies, creatives and venues to support projects that will facilitate a return to the Fringe in 2021 or 2022.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is working with the Scottish government and City of Edinburgh Council to ensure the event will take place in accordance with official guidance. It is likely that despite the forecasted easing of restrictions this summer, some form of social distancing will be in place throughout the Fringe, though clear advice will be made available to participants and attendees.
Regarding the potential for new avenues of artistic expression at this year’s Fringe, Shona stated:
‘While it is right and appropriate that we manage our expectations about a return to live performance, I am full of positive anticipation to see how Fringe artists channel their extraordinary creative energy into digital work at this year’s festival. As happens with any seismic change in society, artists have responded to online life in brilliant and inventive ways, and I think it entirely correct that the Fringe – with its longstanding reputation for unleashing the creative spirit – showcases the best in digital inspiration as well’.
The Fringe has also expanded its digital infrastructure in order to support artists and venues, who will be able to make use of the Fringe Player. An online events programme and meeting space will also be launched in the summer to promote collaboration between artists and industries.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is scheduled to take place from 6 - 30 August 2021 after being cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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