Fringe 2023: Fringe Central locations revealed
24 May 2023
Fringe Central: Artist Hub will be at Quaker Meeting House, while Fringe Central: Arts Industry and Media Offices will be at Appleton Tower.
This year's Fringe Central hubs for Fringe participants will be split across two city-centre spaces for the first time.
Fringe Central: Artist Hub
The Fringe Central: Artist Hub will be located at the Quaker Meeting House on Victoria Terrace. A former Fringe venue of 25 years' standing, the Quaker Meeting House is an iconic building located in the heart of the Old Town, a stone's throw from both the Grassmarket and the Royal Mile.
It will be a welcoming, inclusive space dedicated specifically to Fringe artists, where they can access Fringe Society services, meet fellow Fringe artists or just grab a tea or coffee and escape the buzz of the festival. The hub will be open between 10:00 and 18:00, seven days a week, and any artist from any venue will receive a warm and friendly welcome from our team. This space is for anyone and everyone involved with bringing a show to the Fringe.
The hub will have a wellbeing focus – we're working for the first time with local mental health charity Health in Mind to offer one-to-one support for artists, workshops during the festival and targeted resources on Fringe Connect, our digital platform for Fringe artists and arts industry. Following artist feedback from previous years, and in keeping with the wishes of the building's owners, the space will be alcohol-free throughout the Fringe.
We offer year-round support and services to Fringe artists, including advice on connecting with industry, support creating press materials and guidance around managing and improving ticket sales or resolving any problems with their show. All of these services will be available in person at the Fringe Central: Artist Hub.
We'll also be hosting a programme of participant-focused events, including discussions of topics relevant to the sector and social / networking meetups. The full programme of events will be announced ahead of August.
Fringe Central: Arts Industry and Media Offices
The arts industry and the media represent two vital components of the Fringe ecosystem, providing Fringe artists with significant opportunities to increase their profile and progress their careers beyond the festival. We will continue to provide support and services to both groups this year via the Fringe Central: Arts Industry and Media Offices in Appleton Tower, just off George Square, through support from the University of Edinburgh. This space will be where industry can access Fringe Society ticketing services, and meet with our Arts Industry and Media teams, while benefitting from a quiet place to work.
Although there are two buildings this year, all Fringe participants will be brought together through events in the Fringe Central events programme, details of which will be announced at a later date.
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: 'We are continually working to provide the best possible support to artists within our limited resources, and sometimes that yields beautifully serendipitous results. Establishing two separate Fringe Central spaces this year was borne out of budgetary and logistical necessity, but the consequent realisation of a dedicated space for artists is a massive benefit, both for them and for our team, in terms of having a focused and dedicated artists' space throughout August. The Quaker Meeting House is a beautiful space with views that really connect to Edinburgh.
'I'm especially pleased with our wellbeing offering this year, in partnership with Health in Mind. As everyone knows, the Fringe can be an intense experience – we want artists to know the Fringe Society is here to support them every step of the way, from finding affordable accommodation to onward touring and career development after the festival ends.'
Miranda Girdlestone, Manager, Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House, said: 'We're delighted to be hosting the Fringe Central: Artist Hub space this year. We approached the Fringe Society a few months ago following concern about operating as a venue in 2023, to explore how we could still be involved in this year's festival. We are thrilled that our peaceful Meeting House will be used as a home away from home for artists, looking for a wellbeing-focused space to relax and access support from the Society team. We hope to be back as a Fringe venue in the future, as we are so proud of our long-standing relationship with this brilliant festival.'
Alana Genge, Head of Engagement at Health in Mind, said: 'We're excited to be working with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and supporting the talented and creative artists involved. We've had great discussions around what mental health and wellbeing support will look like this year for artists and it's clear to see the passion and commitment the Fringe team has for ensuring artists know where to get support and that support is available in different ways. It's the start of a hopeful partnership and we're looking forward to being part of the buzz that the Fringe brings to Edinburgh.'