Fringe Gets Ready

Fringe - Nearly Human cDavid Monteith-Hodge

Good News: The first shows at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be available to book on Thursday 01 July. Shows at this year's festival – which will run from 06 to 30 August – will fall into three broad formats:

  • live in-person events that meet government safety guidelines
  • scheduled or as-live online performances that give a live experience of happening at a stated date and time
  • online on-demand shows which can be viewed any time throughout the Fringe, from any time zone around the world

More shows will be added weekly in July and throughout August. It's also worth noting that, in keeping with our sustainability aims and public safety measures, this year's Fringe will be fully e-ticketed, with exemptions for any audience members with access requirements. All audience members will receive a confirmation code via email for their performance – they can show this at the venue to gain entry, either on a mobile device or as a print-out.

More good news: Registration with the Fringe’s Arts Industry Office will open on Monday 05 July. Everyone who registers with the Arts Industry Office will be able to access Fringe Connect, the new year-round social network and events space that will be home for artists and arts industry professionals. Programmers will also have the opportunity to register for Fringe Marketplace, the online platform created to connect programmers, presenters and commissioners with professional artists and tour-ready work at the Fringe.

And the good news just keeps coming: The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, announced on 22nd June that the social distancing rules for events will be eased by 19th July – and lifted completely by 9th August, all being well. Commenting on the announcement Fringe Society chief executive Shona McCarthy said:

It’s hugely uplifting to see that the Scottish Government has listened to the collective voice of the culture sector and has gone ahead in making the social distancing guidelines fairer for all. The decision means that operators can now plan, prepare and start the difficult road to recovery. Our priority now will be in supporting Fringe producers and artists to deliver the best festival that we can in the time we have left and to ensure our Covid mitigation plan is rolled out effectively and safely. We will also keep using our voice to champion the arts in Scotland We all know culture will have a vital part to play in Scotland’s recovery.

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