The Fringe Central Events Programme Youth Panel was introduced in 2017 as an initiative for the Year of Young People. The project aims to provide professional development for Scotland-based young people aged 18 to 26 with an interest in event curation and programming. The Youth Panel will learn how to develop an events programme from concept to delivery, touching on curation, relationship management, administration, project management and marketing.

They will also have the option to involve themselves in the delivery and evaluation of an event at Fringe Central. The programme provides the opportunity to learn about arts organisations in the UK and abroad, and the professional development opportunities they provide for arts practitioners.

The Society is looking for five young people, aged 18 – 26 and based in Scotland to join the programme from November 2018 through to April 2019.  

The 2018 Fringe Central Events Programme Youth Panel

Photo: The 2018 Fringe Central Events Programme Youth Panel on the Royal Mile

What is Fringe Central?

Fringe Central is a space dedicated to supporting participants during the Fringe and facilitating career development through workshops, seminars, activities and networking opportunities. In 2018, we offered over 130 professional development events.

What’s involved?

The young people will meet for a half-day weekend session, once a month from November 2018 - April 2019 in Edinburgh (the first meeting will be Saturday 24 November). They will work with Fringe Society staff to develop the content of the Fringe Central Events Programme and the logistics of delivering it, including relationship building, timings and marketing. They have the option to also help with the delivery of events, so should be available to attend the Fringe in August 2019.

Sounds great, but who is this for?

We are looking for five young people aged 18 – 26 and based in Scotland. You should have a proven interest in working in the performing arts - from acting, directing and writing to production, technical management and design.

We want a variety of people to be involved and are particularly keen to hear from young people who face barriers to the Fringe due to:

  • Living a long distance from Edinburgh.
  • Difficulty affording the cost of travel and accommodation in Edinburgh.
  • Disability or long-term health condition.
  • Having a family or other caring responsibility.
  • Being from a minority ethnic group.

What will you get?

Each participant will gain:

  • Valuable experience in event programming, marketing, and delivery.
  • A unique insight into the world’s largest arts festival.
  • Mentoring from Fringe Society staff and collaboration with peers.
  • Access to Fringe Central and all the resources within.
  • Experience for your CV.
  • A small daily stipend to cover expenses in Edinburgh (£20) and refreshments provided during meetings.
  • Travel and accommodation expenses (if required)
  • Additional support is available to those who have access requirements including but not limited to; costs for a personal assistant, BSL interpreter or additional travel or accommodation expenses.
  • £50 Fringe ticket voucher.

Don’t live in Edinburgh? Studying or working? Have access requirements? Not a problem!

We want to ensure that this group of young people is representative of Scotland, and will pay for transport to Edinburgh, and overnight accommodation if necessary. We will also arrange for additional support if you need it, and all meetings will be held at weekends.

Yes! Sign me up!

Brilliant! Drop us a line to [email protected] with your CV, some more information about yourself, why you want to be involved and what you want to gain from the experience. Please get in touch with us by 17:00 GMT on Wednesday 07 November 2018.

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