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Updated statement on coronavirus and the programme from Edinburgh Fringe

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Fringe Society, has updated Edinburgh Fringe response to the coronavirus outbreak in terms of its potential impact on the Fringe. Here’s an excerpt:

‘We still don’t know what the future holds. There’s science and modelling and graphs coming at us from every corner and they all tell us something different. So we will keep focused, carry on with a view that there will be a Fringe in August. We don’t know what form that Fringe will take, what it will look like, but we are regrouping every day, listening to all our stakeholders and will review our public messaging on Wednesdays and issue updates for participants every Friday. A Fringe will happen, a programme will happen, but it just might not look as it has before.

‘Whilst we can’t provide definitive answers on everything at this stage, there are specific areas where we can make a difference. One question that we’ve been asked lots is whether we could move the publication of the Fringe programme. Following discussions with our printers, paper merchants, distributers and designers (who are also suffering with the uncertainty of the time), we’ve agreed to delay production by at least four weeks, to give artists more time to see how the situation develops and to make an informed decision about participating in the festival.’


New timeline for programme registration and launch

  • 16 April – on-sale four
  • 06 May – registration deadline
  • 13 May – advertising deadline
  • 14 May – on-sale five
  • 21 May – deadline for changes to the programme
  • 10 June – on-sale six
  • w/c 06 July – programme launch

If you’re worried more broadly about coronavirus, you can find public health advice updates on the NHS Inform website. A free helpline has also been set up for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice: 0800 028 2816.

The Fringe Society is a charity that works year round to support anyone thinking about bringing a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Find out more about their work, the ways they can help or just get in touch with at participants@edfringe.com, or call +44 (0)131 226 0026 and select option two.