The Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be visiting Manchester this weekend (Saturday 2 February) to meet artists and performing companies who might be interested in bringing their work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013. 

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.

On 2 February, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society will hold a roadshow at Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester. This event takes the format of a panel discussion, followed by a ‘Q & A’ session and concludes with an informal opportunity for potential Fringe participants to meet Fringe staff. The roadshow is free to attend.

Discussing the roadshow plans, Kath M Mainland, Chief Executive of the Fringe Society said:

Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, cabaret, spoken word, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, childrens’ shows, exhibitions and events.

“Featuring participants, producers, venue managers and members of the Fringe Society staff, this roadshow event is an opportunity for professionals and amateurs alike to learn how to make the most of the chances, and avoid the pitfalls of producing a show at the world’s greatest arts festival.

“The North West of England has a long and distinguished track record of sending some of the most exciting and innovative shows to the Fringe each year and Manchester as a cultural centre, is a natural place for us to come to and meet the next generation of talented performers and producers.

“Around a thousand theatre and entertainment promoters and another thousand accredited members of the media attend the Fringe every year to scout or review shows. As a result hundreds of shows are able to tour after the Fringe as a result of participation. Maximising these opportunities is just one of the subjects that will be covered at this event.

“Coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe roadshow won’t commit any artists or producers to make the trip but it will equip them with some very valuable information if they choose to bring their work to Edinburgh.”

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Contact Theatre

Saturday 2nd February

1-4pm (Doors open at 12.30pm)

The panel for the Manchester roadshow will consist of Lee Martin from Gag Reflex, Tara Kilbourne from Greenside venues, Leonie Harris from the 2012 hit Show Wrong Place, Right Time and Louise Oliver, Participant Development Co-ordinator for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

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