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Edinburgh Fringe at Risk of Becoming ‘Unaffordable’

Sunday, February 11, 2018   (0 Comments)

Shona McCarthyEdinburgh Festival Fringe chief executive Shona McCarthy has warned that the annual arts festival could risk becoming unaffordable if costs continue to rise, in a speech in which she argued against “disinvesting in success”.

McCarthy was speaking as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society launched the annual report for its 70th year.

“If the costs of things like accommodation, subsistence and travel, venue rents and licensing continue to rise then there will come a point where this festival is no longer affordable for the people who give it reason, content, credibility and existence – without whom none of the economic or other impacts would be possible.”

Making a plea to those “who have influence over such things”, McCarthy warned: “We should be careful to provide a supportive landscape for the fringe – the world’s leading festival city would look vastly different without it.”

Read the full article on The Stage website.