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.
Information on festival programme launches can be found here. In addition, links to critics’ recommendations will be found at the bottom of the page.
Edinburgh International Festival
Fergus Linehan announced the full details of the programme for the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival on Wednesday 6th April, 2016. The programme brochure can be viewed online or downloaded in pdf format.
What the Scotsman critics say appeared soon afterwards.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The 2016 Fringe programme was launched on Wednesday 8th June. The detailed, and very useful launch document can be found here.
Made in Scotland is a curated showcase of Scottish performance on the Edinburgh Fringe. It is supported through the Scottish Government’s Expo Fund. The 2016 showcase features 19 dance, music and theatre shows.
Lyn Gardner’s thoughts on this year’s festival in The Guardian are always a must for any serious punter who is looking for some clues in what to go and see among the 3,000+ shows on offer.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival
The Edinburgh Art Festival
Elements of the programme for the 2016 festival was announced on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016. Details can be found on the festival’s website. The full programme will be announced in May.
The Edinburgh International Magic Festival
The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
The Edinburgh International Film Festival
After many pre-announcements the full programme was finally launched on Wednesday 25th May, 2016. See the website for full details. Initial articles in the media can be found in The Skinny, STV News and The Scotsman.
Recommendations from critics and others
I will place selected links here as they appear until early August.
Various articles on highlights of the Edinburgh International Festival are scattered about in the culture section of The Scotsman.
Pick of our Festival visit
Our visit to the 2016 festival has ended. We managed 29 shows and 3 art exhibitions. My favourite shows were:
- Us / Them .. beautifully crafted piece on the Beslan siege from Belgian company BRONKS
- Once .. zany, off the wall physical theatre from Derevo
- Teatro Delusio .. funny mime with masks set backstage at a theatre
- My Eyes Went Dark .. well-written and well-acted drama
- Ada / Ava .. shadow puppetry from Manual Cinema
- Tank .. NASA project in the 1960s, trying to get dolphins to speak English.
- Erik Satie’s Faction .. one man show on the composer by Alistair McGowan.
Re the art exhibitions, I enjoyed Facing the World – Self Portraits, Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Inspiring Impressionism at the Scottish National Gallery.