An end of year message from Shona, our Chief Exec
18 December 2020
Hello one and all,
As we approach the end of 2020 – doubtlessly one of the most difficult years we’ve faced in our 73-year history – there's so much I’d like to reflect on.
Firstly, and most importantly, I want to say thank you. Thank you for your support, understanding and patience, as we all took on a challenge none of us foresaw. I don’t need to remind you how devastating it was that the Fringe did not go ahead as planned, both for audiences and for the thousands of artists, venues and creatives that make this brilliant festival happen. I’m proud of the way we came together to find innovative solutions to new problems, and the way our Fringe family remained creative and resilient.
Now, we’re looking to the future. The Fringe will return from 06 to 30 August 2021 in one way or another. It’s far too early to tell what that looks like at this stage, and as such we’re planning for all scenarios – from a return to live entertainment to a sustained focus on digital events. One thing we can say is that the Fringe Society will be here, working hard to support audiences, artists and venues as much as possible.
When we return in January, our focus will be entirely on rebuilding and planning, and we'll be updating everyone early in the new year with more detailed information on what our timeline looks like.
Wishing everyone warm tidings for the season, and hoping you get a much-needed break over the coming weeks. We look forward to returning in 2021.
All my best,