Edinburgh Festival News – September 2015 to August 2016


BECTU is mounting a campaign to ensure that all workers on the Edinburgh Fringe receive a living wage. The media and entertainment union says that this follows on from the many complaints that it has received over low (or non-existent) pay, long hours and poor working conditions.
Posted 4th October, 2015.

BP has ended its sponsorship of the Edinburgh International Festival after 34 years.
Posted 7th April, 2016.

Lastminute.com is the new sponsor of the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Awards. Fosters had been the sponsor since 2010. Perrier were the original sponsors, from the event’s inception in 1981 up to 2005.
Posted 2nd June, 2016.

The announcement earlier this year that Assembly would be running the Assembly Rooms as a digital entertainment venue was a bit unclear at the time, at least to me. All is now revealed on the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival website.
Posted 20th July, 2016.


Playwright David Greig will take over as artistic director at the Royal Lyceum when Mark Thomson departs in June 2016.
Posted 10th September, 2015.

Julia Amour, who currently works for the British Council, has been appointed as the new director of Festivals Edinburgh. She will take over from Faith Liddell in December 2015.
Posted 17th September, 2015.

Kath Mainland, the Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since May 2009, is to step down. She will take up the role of Executive Director of the Melbourne Festival in February 2016.
Posted 9th November 2015.

Shona McCarthy has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, taking over from Kath Mainland. She will take up her post in March 2016.
Posted 13th January, 2016.

Laurie Ransom, the National Theatre of Scotland’s artistic director, has resigned. He will leave the post in June at the end of his initial three year contract.
Posted 16th April, 2016.


The Riverside Trust has won a two year contract to run the Assembly Rooms as a “digital venue” during the Fringe. The Riverside Trust is headed by William Burdett-Coutts who was also artistic director at the Assembly Rooms for close on 30 years until its refurbishment in 2011. Quite what a digital venue is, I am not sure. Time will tell, no doubt. See the article in The Stage.
Posted 26th November, 2015.

The Counting House, a free venue for the last nine years, is to operate under the Gilded Balloon banner at this year’s Fringe. Advocates of free venues bemoan the loss, while the Gilded Balloon talks of it as being some sort of hybrid model of venue – “pay what you want”. See the articles in Chortle and The Scotsman.
Posted 3rd March, 2016.

C Venues will also adopt the “pay what you want” model at its C Soco venue. See the article in EdinburghGuide.com.
Posted 17th March 2016.

The Circus Hub at the Meadows will return for a second year on the 2106 Edinburgh Fringe. Read the article in The List.
Posted 22nd April, 2016.

The 200-seater auditorium at the National Museum of Scotland will be used as a Fringe venue under The Gilded Balloon banner. The deal covers three years. See the article in The Scotsman.
Posted 23rd April, 2016.