The Edinburgh Festivals

Introduction -- The cultural resort of Europe: the creation of the Festival, c. 1944-1947 -- Cultural challenge: the creation of a 'fringe', 1947-1955 -- Convergence of cultures: new developments in the arts, 1956-1962 -- Culture and ...

The Edinburgh Festivals

Author: Angela Bartie

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748670300

Page: 258

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Post-war culture and society and the Edinburgh Festivals. The Edinburgh Festival is the world's largest arts festival. It has also been the site of numerous 'culture wars' since it began in 1947. Key debates that took place across the western world about the place of culture in society, the practice and significance of the arts, censorship, the role of organised religion, and meanings of morality were all reflected in contest over culture in the Festival City.The Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama sought to use culture to bolster European civilisation, for which it was considered for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952. The Church saw culture as a 'weapon of enlightenment', the labour movement as a 'weapon in the struggle', and the new generation of artistic entrepreneurs who came to the fore in the 1960s as a means of challenge and provocation, resulting in high profile controversies like the nudity trial of 1963 and the furore over a play about bestiality in 1967. These ideas -- conservative and liberal, elite and diverse, traditional and avant-garde -- all clashed every August in Edinburgh, making the Festival City an effective lens for exploring major changes in culture and society in post-war Britain. This book explores the 'culture wars' of 1945-1970 and is the first major study of the origins and development of this leading annual arts extravaganza.

Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh Festival: A Review of the First Ten Years of the Edinburgh
International Festival, Its Aims and Its Origins, Its Achievements and Its Hopes for
the Future (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Festival Society, 1956). Housing the Arts in
Britain: ...

Edinburgh Festivals

Author: Angela Bartie

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748670327

Page: 272

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This book explores the 'culture wars' of 1945-1970 and is the first major study of the origins and development of this leading annual arts extravaganza.

The World s Largest Arts Festival the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

To understand how the Edinburgh Fringe works one must understand that no performer is invited, those performers who come to Edinburgh are not given any financial assistance by the Fringe and the productions are housed in temporary ...

The World s Largest Arts Festival  the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Author: Xela Ann Pollock Batchelder

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Abstract: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world's largest arts festival. Its success has inspired imitation and so fringe theatre festivals have proliferated around the world. This dissertation is not a history of the Fringe, but an examination of those structures of the Edinburgh Fringe which have allowed it to continue to grow and succeed. To understand how the Edinburgh Fringe works one must understand that no performer is invited, those performers who come to Edinburgh are not given any financial assistance by the Fringe and the productions are housed in temporary performance spaces. There is no central governing body at the Edinburgh Fringe. The Fringe Society coordinates rather than coerces by providing needed services to performers and venue managers. The importance of these basic structures is often neglected. Both in Edinburgh and beyond three myths exercise as much influence as an understanding of these structures. The term "myth" is used to describe three ideas which are not factually correct, but which serve a useful purpose in promoting fringe theatre in both Edinburgh and beyond. The most important of these myths holds that the Edinburgh Fringe is dominated by new and edgy work. This last myth is so foundational it has come to be incorporated in the very definition of fringe theatre. Each of these myths has had an impact on non Edinburgh Regional Fringes, few of which closely imitate the structure of the Edinburgh Fringe. The most misunderstood and arguably the most important of the structures which have ensured the Edinburgh Fringe's continued successes are the entrepreneurial venues administered by independent venue managers. This dissertation scrutinizes the antipathy some at Edinburgh have for the entrepreneurial venues. It then investigates in some detail the risks and labors undertaken by managers of venues large and small to demonstrate how these venues operate and why the managers take on such a demanding task.

The Edinburgh International Festival 1947 1996

The Festival has also helped to launch the careers of renowned performers such as Jessye Norman, Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim as well as championing the work of the twentieth-century's most important composers.

The Edinburgh International Festival  1947 1996

Author: Eileen Miller

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing

ISBN:

Page: 403

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The Festival has also helped to launch the careers of renowned performers such as Jessye Norman, Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim as well as championing the work of the twentieth-century's most important composers.

The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide

Every year the Fringe Office accredits about 1,100 journalists, of whom around
600 are reviewers. Publications with a high profile on the Fringe include the
Scotsman, Guardian, Herald, the List, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine,
ThreeWeeks, the ...

The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide

Author: Mark Fisher

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408136481

Page: 288

View: 831

'Ah! The Fringe! I can't think of a more delightful way of putting my liver, bank account, relationship, complexion, and mental stability under the greatest strain they've ever known!' Mel Giedroyc It is the world's largest arts festival, attracting everyone from student first-timers to Hollywood stars. Thrilling, inspiring and bewildering in equal measure, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can make you a star or break your bank. So what is the secret of making it work for you? The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide draws on the experiences of the festival's leading figures - their disasters as well as their triumphs - to take you step by step through the process of making your show a success in the Scottish capital. From choosing a venue to keeping on top of the budget, from sorting out accommodation to securing the best press coverage, from generating word of mouth to making the most of a hit, this unique practical guide for performers, directors and producers helps you get your show the audience it deserves. Among those sharing their expert advice are playwright Simon Stephens, comedian Phil Nichol, actor Siobhan Redmond, producer Guy Masterson, Tiger Lillies front manMartyn Jacques, theatre critic Lyn Gardner, Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award director Nica Burns, as well as the directors of all the major Fringe venues, top press officers, international promoters and insiders from the Fringe Society itself. The foreword is written by playwright Mark Ravenhill.

Floating to the Fringe

I mean, really slowing down?! Gazing out of his cottage window one day at the 'Slow You Down' sign in the Norfolk village where he lives, singer-songwriter Paul Thompson comes up with a cunning plan to promote his latest album.

Floating to the Fringe

Author: Paul Thompson

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Page: 220

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Have you ever dreamed of slowing down? I mean, really slowing down?! Gazing out of his cottage window one day at the 'Slow You Down' sign in the Norfolk village where he lives, singer-songwriter Paul Thompson comes up with a cunning plan to promote his latest album...Buy an electric milk float, and do a tour to the Edinburgh Fringe, driving the most beautiful B-Roads in Britain along the way. Despite being told by the director of a dairy that, 'It will be a bloody miracle if you make it back in one piece, ' Paul convinces Arts Council England to fund his mad-cap idea, and converts a milk float that he names 'Bluebell' into a tour bus and solar-powered outdoor music stage. Travelling at an average speed of 15mph, 30 miles per day, Paul takes the slow roads to the Edinburgh Fringe, island-hopping along the west coast of Scotland, stopping to play gigs at village halls, nature reserves, music festivals, pubs, and in fact just about anywhere that will get Bluebell charged up for the next leg of the journey. But life on the road proves to be harder than Paul anticipated. It turns out that Bluebell is allergic to hills, especially steep ones, and there are a lot of those in Scotland! Overcoming breakdowns and exhaustion, Paul discovers the kindness of strangers in the most unlikely places, and comes to realise just how special the British Isles truly are. As finances start to run low, and Bluebell's ancient batteries begin to fade, will Paul complete the mission he's set out on? After all, there's a Guinness World Record at stake, and this might be the only chance Paul and Bluebell get to break it...

Festival Cities

Year Edinburgh Policy Documents Scottish Policy Documents 1977 The
Economic Impact of the Edinburgh Festival 1976 – A Summary Report to Lothian
Region Council and the Scottish Tourist Board 1989 Edinburgh Tourism Initiative
1992 ...

Festival Cities

Author: John R. Gold

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000318907

Page: 324

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Festivals have always been part of city life, but their relationship with their host cities has continually changed. With the rise of industrialization, they were largely considered peripheral to the course of urban affairs. Now they have become central to new ways of thinking about the challenges of economic and social change, as well as repositioning cities within competitive global networks. In this timely and thought-provoking book, John and Margaret Gold provide a reflective and evidence-based historical survey of the processes and actors involved, charting the ways that regular festivals have now become embedded in urban life and city planning. Beginning with David Garrick’s rain-drenched Shakespearean Jubilee and ending with Sydney’s flamboyant Mardi Gras celebrations, it encompasses the emergence and consolidation of city festivals. After a contextual historical survey that stretches from Antiquity to the late nineteenth century, there are detailed case studies of pioneering European arts festivals in their urban context: Venice’s Biennale, the Salzburg Festival, the Cannes Film Festival and Edinburgh’s International Festival. Ensuing chapters deal with the worldwide proliferation of arts festivals after 1950 and with the ever-increasing diversifycation of carnival celebrations, particularly through the actions of groups seeking to assert their identity. The conclusion draws together the book’s key themes and sketches the future prospects for festival cities. Lavishly illustrated, and copiously researched, this book is essential reading not just for urban geographers, social historians and planners, but also for anyone interested in contemporary festival and events tourism, urban events strategy, urban regeneration regeneration, or simply building a fuller understanding of the relationship between culture, planning and the city.

New Selected Potatoes

A greatest hits, best of golden oldies compilation (with some new stuff) from 'Comedy's poet laureate' (Independent).

New   Selected Potatoes

Author: John Hegley

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Limited

ISBN: 9781852249786

Page: 160

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A greatest hits, best of golden oldies compilation (with some new stuff) from 'Comedy's poet laureate' (Independent). Poet, comic, singer, songwriter and glasses-wearer, John Hegley has captivated and devastated audiences all over the country, in theatres and festivals, at gigs at the Edinburgh Festival, and with numerous appearances on radio and television. This new compilation shows the breadth of his appeal, with seriously funny, cleverly comic poems on everything from love, family, France, art and the sea to dogs, dads, gods, taxidermy, carrots, spectacles and - of course - potatoes.

Staging the UK

Questions about the Edinburgh festivals' cultural effects are more urgent for
recent festivals because the festivals themselves look suspiciously as if they are
increasingly becoming objects and agents of globalisation. The Edinburgh
festivals ...

Staging the UK

Author: Jen Harvie

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719062131

Page: 246

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This text examines some of the most important performance in Britain from the mid-1980s into the new millennium. It considers contemporary British theatre in relation to national and supranational identities, critical concepts like globalisation and diaspora, and contemporary contexts such as the election of New Labour.

Festivals Tourism and Social Change

the decision to position it during the main Edinburgh Festival would both ensure
an audience for events and give some sense of parity of esteem to the Mela as it
would happen in tandem with prestigious festival activities It would also benefit ...

Festivals  Tourism and Social Change

Author: David Picard

Publisher: Channel View Publications

ISBN: 9781845412678

Page: 288

View: 468

This book explores the links between tourism and festivals and the various ways in which each mobilises the other to make social realities meaningful. Drawing upon a series of international cases, festivals are examined as ways of responding to various forms of crisis - social, political, economic - and as a way of re-making and re-animating spaces and social life. Importantly, this book locates festivals in the constantly changing, socio-economic and political contexts that they always operate in and respond to - contexts that are both historical and modern at the same time. Tourism is bound closely together with such contexts; feeding and challenging festivals with audiences that are increasingly transient and transnational. Tourism interrogates notions of ritual and tradition, shapes new spaces and creates, and renews, relationships between participants and observers. No longer can we dismiss tourists simply as value neutral and crass consumers of spectacle, nor tourism as some inevitable commercial force. Tourism is increasingly complicit in the festival processes of re-invention, and in forming new patterns of social existence.

Edinburgh

Part of the Cities of the Imagination series, this is an in-depth cultural, historical, and literary guide by a lifelong native to Scotland's vibrant capital and home to one of the world's greatest arts festivals.

Edinburgh

Author: Donald Campbell

Publisher: Signal Books

ISBN: 9781902669731

Page: 277

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Part of the Cities of the Imagination series, this is an in-depth cultural, historical, and literary guide by a lifelong native to Scotland's vibrant capital and home to one of the world's greatest arts festivals.

Contemporary British Queer Performance

Edinburgh's. festivals. Edinburgh's festival season may beginto describehow the
... Focusing on the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF)and the Edinburgh
Festival Fringe (Fringe),Jen Harvie hasargued that Edinburgh's plural and
multiplying ...

Contemporary British Queer Performance

Author: S. Greer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137027339

Page: 245

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This book examines queer performance in Britain since the early 1990s, arguing for the significance of emerging collaborative modes of practice. Using queer theory and the history of early lesbian and gay theatre to examine claims to representation among other things, it interrogates the relationships through which recent works have been presented.

Theater Festivals

Not long after, Edinburgh University students started putting up the “fringers” in
their dorms so the show could go on. As the fringe festival grew in notoriety, it
grew in scope, and tons of would-be fringers descended on Edinburgh.

Theater Festivals

Author: Lisa Mulcahy

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1621531368

Page: 256

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Here is the bible of theater festivals for any stage professional looking to showcase original work, full of expert tips on selecting festivals that are best suited to an individual's work. This directory of more than 50 festivals in the United States, Canada, and abroad covers every step of festival participation, including contact information, application requirements, auditions and tryout performances, face-to-face meetings and interviews, salary specifics, and performance space details. Serving as a full business primer, it also answers essential questions on negotiating and networking with producers, meeting casting obligations, and what responsibilities one has to a festival when his or her show goes on to become a hit.

Theatrical Events

GEORGIA SEFFRIN , ROD WISSLER cin ( D . Are contemporary festivals an
empty spectacle ? George Steiner for one suggested in a 1996 address that
closing down of the Edinburgh Festival would be a rare but vivid mark of honesty
within ...

Theatrical Events

Author: Vicki Ann Cremona

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042010680

Page: 398

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Theatrical Events. Borders, Dynamics and Frames is written to develop the concept of 'Eventness' in Theatre Studies. The book as a whole stresses the importance of understanding theatre performances as aesthetic-communicative encounters of a wide range of agents and aspects. The Theatrical Event concept means not only that performers and spectators meet, but also that the specific mental sets, backgrounds and cultural contexts they bring in, strongly contribute to the character of a particular event. Moreover, this concept gives space to the study of the role societal developments - such as technological, political, economical or educational ones - play in theatrical events.

What s it Like

Text C BEBReita 1ERARE postwar austerity : hard times after the second world
war a symbolic centrepiece : the main and most significant part THE
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL , now the largest arts festival in the world , first took
place in August ...

What s it Like

Author: Joanne Collie

Publisher: Ernst Klett Sprachen

ISBN: 9783125084261

Page: 96

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Festivals

It first outsold the EIF as early as 1974 ( Moffat , The Edinburgh Fringe , p . 98 )
and has had comparable press attention at least since the early 1970s ( George
Bruce , Festival in the North : The Story of the Edinburgh Festival ( London :
Robert ...

Festivals

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