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Edinburgh fringe performers feel ‘jilted’ as Covid closes venues again

Only a handful of events will be staged this year as producers complain about ‘dithering’ by council and Scottish governmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAudiences and performers from around the world will once again have no anarchic festival home in the Scottish capital to head for this August. The vast Edinburgh festival fringe – the largest annual concentration of live comedy, drama, cabaret, music and dance – is to be restricted to just a few events and an array...
Tags: Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Festivals, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival, Fringe theatre, Guy Masterson

Scottish Government Gives Multi-Million Rescue Package To Edinburgh Festivals

“The Edinburgh festivals have been offered millions of pounds in emergency funding in the face of widespread fears they may never fully recover from the severe impacts of the COVID pandemic. The Fringe, international and book festivals, which help make up the world’s largest annual arts season, have been forced to very significantly curtail this August’s events, the second year running it has done so.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Edinburgh, Issues, 06.10.21

Edinburgh festival fringe threatened by Covid rules, says organiser

CEO calls on Scottish ministers to replace 2-metre rule with 1 metre to secure future of world’s largest arts festivalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe survival of the Edinburgh festival fringe is at stake unless social distancing rules for venues are relaxed within a fortnight, its organiser has said.Shona McCarthy, the chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, called on ministers to replace the 2-metre rule with the 1-metre distance used in hospita...
Tags: Comedy, Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Festivals, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival, Shona McCarthy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Coronavirus

Prince Philip was a champion of design | Letter

The late Duke of Edinburgh passionately supported invention and engineering, writes Roland HillYour obituary, editorial and other pages devoted to the Duke of Edinburgh (9 April) omitted his passionate support of design, invention and engineering.From working as a young engineer in London in the 1960s and seeing the Prince Philip designer’s prize (1959-2011) displayed at the Design Council’s showroom on Haymarket, to his impassioned BBC Radio 4 Today programme statement in 2016 that “everything ...
Tags: Design, Technology, London, Wales, UK News, Culture, Engineering, Art and design, Monarchy, Edinburgh, Duke, Philip, Haymarket, BBC Radio, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip

Edinburgh International Festival Will Go On This Summer — Outdoors (Yes, In Scotland)

Last summer, COVID forced the cancellation of the flagship of the Festival City’s summer events; this year, with new cases falling in Scotland and people getting their shots, the show will go on — in three specially constructed outdoor pavilions “specially built to maximize air flow and allow social distancing.” Edinburgh’s weather being what it is, the pavilions will have roofs. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Scotland, Edinburgh, Issues, 04.13.21

The British TV-Watching Public Complained A Lot About An Excess In Coverage Of Prince Philip’s Death

As a matter of fact, there were so many complaints about the bump in programming for special coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death that the BBC had to set up an whole new temporary complaint page. And it wasn’t just the main channel. “BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live also aired special programming charting Prince Philip’s life, while BBC Four was paused and displayed a message directing viewers to switch over for a “major news report”. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Bbc, Edinburgh, Bbc Four, Philip, BBC Radio, Prince Philip, 04.10.21

Edinburgh’s Royal High School, With Its Greek Revival Architecture, Was Saved From Development

Or from bad development, anyway. Now it’s up for bids not for sale but for “sustainable longterm uses.” The fight against a luxury hotel development galvanized Edinburgh preservationists. “For campaigners, the fate of the Royal High School, established as a free educational facility for rich and poor children alike with the ethos that all deserved to learn in an unapologetically lavish environment, represents a fight for the heart of Edinburgh, and indeed Scotland.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Scotland, Edinburgh, Visual, Royal High School, 02.06.21

This Movie Theatre Is Closed. It Still Costs $25,000 A Month To Run

What are the owners of the Dominion cinema in Edinburgh paying £20,000 for each month? “Heating bills so the four-screen cinema does not get damp, water rates, insurance, monthly servicing projector costs, card reader machine contracts, IT costs and staff tax and national insurance have all contributed to the huge monthly outgoings.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Edinburgh, 10.15.20

Edinburgh Int’l Festival Online Racks Up More Than A Million Views

“The festival said its 26 digital productions, which featured specially staged performances involving about 500 artists, musicians and technical staff, were watched 1.013m times in nearly 50 countries worldwide. Last year, its live shows in Edinburgh had an audience of 420,000.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Edinburgh, Issues, Audience, 09.01.20

COVID Chronicles: The Band Rescued From Quarantine Hell By A Fishing Boat

The Dunedin Consort, an Edinburgh-based period-instrument group known for its recordings of Bach sacred works and Handel oratorios, had its first engagement since lockdown this past Friday in northern France. The problem: Boris Johnson’s government announced late Thursday night that anyone entering the UK from France after 4 am on Saturday would have to be quarantined for 14 days, and every regular means of transport for late Friday night was sold out. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, UK, France, Boris Johnson, Edinburgh, Bach, Handel, Dunedin Consort, 08.15.20

The Edinburgh Fringe And The Post-COVID Future

“With the fringe cancelled this summer, Edinburgh hopefuls are eyeing 2021 – but will it be back next year? And if so, what will it look like and what size will it be? Artists and fringe leaders tell Lyn Gardner about the value of the festival and how this could be a chance to remake it for the future.” –
Tags: Art, Theatre, Edinburgh, Lyn Gardner, 08.05.20

Edinburgh Fringe Announces Plans For Virtual 2020 Festival

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society will offer an online hub with workshops and panel discussions as well as a guide to the streamed performances offered by independent Fringe venues; Fringe Pick ‘n’ Mix, where viewers can choose among 60-second videos uploaded by performers; and “Fringe on a Friday, a 60-minute independently curated variety show that will be ticketed and streamed, presenting the best of the festival across a range of genres.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Theatre, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, 07.13.20

Edinburgh Fringe, On Brink Of Insolvency, Gets A Rescue

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced a £1 million interest free loan and £149,000 in funding from a “resilience” fund for the Fringe Society, which runs the official website, box office and programme for the event “to enable its return next year.” – The Scotsman
Tags: Art, Theatre, Edinburgh, Fiona Hyslop, 06.12.20

Why Regional Theatre Matters

The loss of any regional theatre, whether it is Nuffield Southampton announcing it has gone into administration or the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh taking the painful decision to hibernate until next spring, is an immediate tragedy for that local community. But it has consequences beyond the immediate loss of art, including the damage done to the social fabric of that place and the local economy. – The Stage (UK)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Edinburgh, Royal Lyceum, Nuffield Southampton, 06.01.20

Edinburgh's August Festivals Will Not Take Place In 2020

For the first time in over 70 years. Edinburgh Art Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are not happening as planned in 2020. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Edinburgh, BWW News Desk

RBGE Florilegium: The Story of Illustrating the Cancer Bush, Sutherlandia

A new decade is definitely a time for self reflection and I've decided that I don't paint nearly enough,  so my aim for this year is to paint more and to paint often. The opportunity of being involved in the Florilegium project at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh came up last year and illustrating a plant with a great story makes and ideal start for 2020! The chosen plant for the work is a South African native formally known as Sutherlandia frutescens, aka the Cancer Bush, now reclassified a...
Tags: Art, Garden, UK, Australia, Scotland, Society, South Africa, Cape Town, Edinburgh, Worcester, Namibia, University of Edinburgh, Botanic Gardens, James Sutherland, Botswana, Cape

Edinburghers Are Rising Up To Resist ‘Disneyfication’ Of Their City

“On one side is Underbelly, the London events company which claims to have taken Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations to another level. It is backed by a city council which has gleefully watched the numbers rise in those indexes that confer tourism superstardom: unique-users, profits and exposure. Facing them is a rebel alliance … [called] Citizen, launched last April to bring together local groups seeking to restore Edinburgh as ‘a place for people rather than profit’.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Edinburgh, Issues, 01.05.20

Art Walk Porty Edinburgh

Art Walk Porty is an annual event held in Edinburgh’s seaside district of Portobello. There are walks, artist’s talks, themed shop windows workshops, music and a parade. Lots of local artists open up their homes to display their work to the public (called Art Houses). The dates for the 2019 Art Walk Porty are 7-15 […]
Tags: Travel, Art, Scotland, Edinburgh, Walk Porty Edinburgh

Edinburgh Art Festival

I spent several days at the Edinburgh Art Festival 2018. There was so much to see. I’ve already written articles about three exhibitions, Liberty Art Fashion and Fabric at Dovecoat Studios, Green Man by Lucy Skaer at the Tablot Rice Gallery and Joana Vasconceol’s Gateway at Jupiter Artland,But I wanted to highlight more of the […]
Tags: Travel, Art, Scotland, Edinburgh, Lucy Skaer, European culture, Events in Europe, Dovecoat Studios Green Man, Tablot Rice Gallery, Joana Vasconceol

UK Government’s ‘Hostile Immigration Policy’ Will Be ‘Devastating’ For Edinburgh’s Festivals, Warns Edinburgh Lawmaker

Stressing the enormous financial benefits that the city’s festivals bring to Scotland, a member of the Scottish Parliament is arguing that the increasingly frequent, seemingly arbitrary denials of visas to international artists and writers invited to Edinburgh is discouraging those writers and artists from even trying to come. – Edinburgh Live
Tags: Art, UK, Scotland, Edinburgh, Scottish Parliament, Issues, 05.29.19, Edinburgh 's Festivals Warns Edinburgh

Art in the open: the joys of Jupiter Artland sculpture park

The innovative sculpture park near Edinburgh is reopening for summer, marking its second decade with new commissions and an art and music festival‘You imagine what you desire,” reads an arty light sculpture in the grounds of Jupiter Artland. It’s my first visit to this privately owned sculpture park five miles west of Edinburgh and I’m feeling rather overwhelmed – Jupiter is a destination that challenges easy definitions. It has more than 100 acres of fields and woods, with views across rolling ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Edinburgh, City Breaks, Jupiter, Cultural Trips, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Edinburgh Holidays, Anish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley

Titian masterpieces to be displayed together for first time since 1704

The 16th-century paintings will be shown as a series in London, Edinburgh, Madrid and BostonOne of the most important groups of high Renaissance paintings is to be brought together for the first time in more than 300 years.A partnership between galleries in London, Edinburgh, Boston and Madrid was announced on Thursday which will allow five of Titian’s greatest paintings to be seen as they were intended – together as a series. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Scotland, Boston, Painting, Spain, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Edinburgh, National Gallery, Madrid, Titian, Edinburgh Madrid

Despite Controversy, Edinburgh’s New Concert Hall Gets Final Go-Ahead

The Dunard Centre, with a 1,000-seat main auditorium and a 200-seat chamber hall/recording studio, will be the home venue for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and an additional performance space for the Edinburgh International Festival. – Edinburgh Evening News
Tags: Art, Music, Edinburgh, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, 04.24.19

Edinburgh Fringe Teams Up With Kickstarter

As part of the collaboration, Kickstarter will offer a series of incentives to companies using the platform to crowdfund their show, including support for artists before and during the festival through online videos about fundraising and one-to-one coaching. – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, Kickstarter, Edinburgh, 03.08.19

Edinburgh Fringe Performers Earn Average Of $514 For 40 Days: Study

“Edinburgh Fringe theatremakers earned an average of just £392.15 for their work at the 2018 festival, covering a period of as much as 40 days, with fair-pay campaigners branding the figures ‘shocking’. New research reveals that 38% of those surveyed were completely unpaid, with the average payment for those who did receive money standing at £637.25.” (That’s $835.99, or just under $21 a day for 40 days.) – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, Edinburgh, 03.06.19

Scotland Wants To Display Stone From Great Pyramid; Egypt Says, Prove It’s Not Looted

“The casing stone is from the Great Pyramid of Giza and will be exhibited at the [National Museum of Scotland] for the first time since it came to Edinburgh in 1872. … However, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities have said they will demand the stone is returned to Egypt if the museum cannot provide documentation that it was legally imported into the country.” — The Scotsman
Tags: Art, Scotland, Egypt, Edinburgh, Visual, Giza, Ministry of Antiquities, 01.09.19

Bike Trip: The Scottish Highlands to Edinburgh

A scenic circuit of mountain passes, ancient forests, and plenty of stops for a whisky From undulating seaside hillscapes to mossy old-growth forests and rugged snow-kissed mountains, few landscapes capture the imagination quite like the Scottish Highlands. And while trips to this area usually include a whisky-drenched sojourn to the luxurious Gleneagles Hotel, or perhaps a long road trip to see some castles, we decided to …
Tags: Travel, Design, Scotland, Biking, Edinburgh, Gleneagles Hotel, Inverness, Bike Trips, Merida Ride 400, The Scottish Highlands, Wilderness Scotland

Word of Mouth: Edinburgh Bars

Traversing the new and Old Town for whisky, ales and more Whisky and Edinburgh are intertwined like a Celtic knot, with the amber liquid a bloodline for this small city born on the curve of a dead volcano. It’s not just scotch, of course; gin, ales and other potables are so prevalent it would be myopic to limit Edinburgh’s appeal strictly to the brown stuff. …
Tags: Design, Scotland, Hotels, Alcohol, Bars, Edinburgh, Whisky, Travel Guides, Edinburgh Bars, Food + Drink, Old Town

The Edinburgh Grand Hotel’s 50 Dream Apartments

Fully-equipped, serviced accommodation in the heart of Scotland's capital city Anyone who walks through the Old Town of Scotland‘s capital city, Edinburgh, traverses historic architectural grandeur knitted tightly along curves and inclines. On the other side of the centrally located Edinburgh Waverly Station, across from St Andrew Square, rises the neo-classical wonder that is The Edinburgh Grand—and it’s a perfect match for the city’s magnificence. …
Tags: Travel, Design, Scotland, Hotels, Edinburgh, Chris Stewart, St Andrew Square, The Edinburgh Grand, The Register Club, Edinburgh Grand Hotel, Old Town of Scotland, Edinburgh Waverly Station

Rebuild Of Scottish National Museum To Start (Already Three Years Late And Over Budget)

Work on the first new exhibition spaces the nation’s most important paintings to be created in more than 30 years is set to get under way as part of a long-awaited overhaul of the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. However the cost of the project – which also involves a new look for part of East Princes Street Gardens – has soared by nearly a third, is running three years late, and has had to be scaled back significantly since plans were first unveiled four years ago.
Tags: Art, Edinburgh, National Gallery, Visual, 09.26.18, East Princes Street Gardens

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