UK government gives £100k to Edinburgh Fringe
Fringe Society on lookout for new HQ
The UK government is giving a £100,000 grant to help the Edinburgh Festival Fringe promote new talent on the world stage.
The funds will promote Fringe acts across the UK and enable artists to recruit promoters to help take their shows across the UK and overseas.
Some of the money will also go towards technology and digital resources for artists, including a streamlined ticket request system and developing the edfringe.com website.
The cash boost was announced by UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright on the eve of the official launch of this year’s festival.
He said: “The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an annual showcase of creativity and a global marketplace for emerging talent.”
The Fringe is looking for a new headquarters. Chief executive of the Fringe Society Shona McCarthy said the new building will provide a bigger stage for the Society's work, a year-round "functional space" for education, visiting media workrooms, cultural workshops, its AGM and even rehearsal space for visiting Fringe companies. A new headquarters would also provide a more visible presence in the city, she added. The fringe will keep its existing shop on the Royal Mile.