Each year Edinburgh welcomes tens of thousands of leading international arts professionals to take part in its renowned August festivals season.

Find out more about how the British Council is supporting platforms for international connection and collaboration at Edinburgh’s Festivals this year, and helping bring together creative professionals from across the world:

British Council Industry Hub at Dance Base

In an innovative partnership with Dance Base, the Industry Hub runs throughout the Edinburgh Festivals as a space for international performing arts professionals to connect and exchange with their UK peers.

The Industry Hub programme includes talks and networking opportunities to highlight work available for international touring. Including events bringing together showcases and artists from the UK.

Access to the Industry Hub is by invitation only, if you are a creative programmer or producer with a track record or serious interest in presenting work you see at the Festivals, and would like to register your interest, please email hub@fringeindustry.com 

Momentum

Momentum is the British Council Scotland partnership programme with Creative Scotland & Festivals Edinburgh, providing a platform for key cultural figures from across the world to build relationships with the festivals and the wider Scottish cultural sector. This year’s delegations covering Visual Arts and Literature are from: Poland, Viet Nam, France, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico.

Read more about Momentum and the impact of the programme over the years.

Edinburgh Art Festival (11 – 27 August)  

Building on connections forged through Momentum in 2022, and the In Between festivals in Beirut, Edinburgh Art Festival has developed a festival residency with Haven for Artists. A cultural feminist organisation based in Lebanon.

EAF have invited Haven for Artists to spend time in-residence during the festival with a programme of activities, connecting with local organisations and initiatives, as well as launching the festival with an ‘Opening Provocation’, in conversation with the Turner Prize winning Array Collective on 12 August.

Fringe Society’s Industry Associates initiative

British Council is supporting two leading international arts professionals from Ukraine and China to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Society’s Industry Associates initiative.

Iryna Chuzhynova from Ukraine and Crystal Deng from China will be among the experienced programmers and producers offering industry insight into the work of the Edinburgh Fringe. Their industry knowledge and genre expertise alongside their experience of global programming, will offer an extra layer of insight for those seeking a trusted voice or industry commentary of a company's work or artist's show.

Read more about Iryna, Crystal and the Industry Associates project.

Voices from the South: Fringe

This year, British Council supports Voices from the South, a digital showcase of performance work co-created and delivered with partners from Brazil, India, Mexico, Scotland and South Africa.

As a response to research carried out in 2021 exploring the benefits of an online showcase to increase accessibility, the project seeks to break down significant barriers faced by artists from countries sometimes referred to as the ‘Global South’ to participate at the Fringe. It is the culmination of artist development, collaborations, and conversations taking place over the last 18 months.

The showcase will introduce Fringe audiences, including presenters and other attending members of the arts industry, to high-quality and diverse performance work, produced as a partnership between MITsp – São Paulo International Theatre Festival (Brazil), Pickle Factory Dance Foundation (India), La Teatrería (Mexico), Baxter Theatre Centre (South Africa), Magnetic North (Scotland) and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

Watch the Voices from the South brilliant trailer:

Elsewhere in the Festival:

Edinburgh International Festival (4 – 27 August)  This year’s programme includes a work supported by the British Council – The Rite of Spring / Common Ground[s]. Dancers from across Africa perform Pina Bausch’s acclaimed choreography of The Rite of Spring in a double bill with the duet Common Ground[s] by Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo.

In July, the Edinburgh International Festival, along with Dance Base and British Council hosted an Artistic Development Week, inviting 12 Scottish dance-artists to join with 12 dance artists from across Africa for a development week allowing them to collaborate, network and share practice: Read more.

 Iryna Chuzhynova (Ukraine) & Crystal Deng (China), Edinburgh Fringe Society International Industry Associates 2023 ©

Fringe Connects

Momentum delagates, Creative Scotland & British Council Scotland meeting at Edinburgh Festival in 2022.
Haven for Artists, in residency this year at Edinburgh Arts Festival ©

Haven for Artists

Edinburgh International Festival Artistic Development Week ©

Dance Base