Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Fringe, yesterday announced that the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival will not go ahead.

In a statement released on the Edfringe website, Ms McCarthy said:

"Today’s decision that the Fringe will not go ahead as planned was not taken lightly. We have spent the past month listening to a broad cross-section of Fringe participants, as well as to government, healthcare professionals, residents and many more; however, in light of present circumstances it was unavoidable. Public health must and always will come first.

"We are working hard to mitigate the impact of this decision on Fringe artists and audience members. Today we are committing to refunding all participant registration fees, as well as refunding the Fringe tickets and Friends memberships purchased by our audience members. We are also offering participants who have already paid the alternative of rolling their show registration forward to the 2021 Fringe to cover an equivalent show listing. Our thanks in particular here go out to our sponsors and partners, without whose long-term commitment to the Fringe none of this would have been possible."

"From its earliest beginnings in 1947, the Fringe has provided a totally uncensored platform for artists from all backgrounds, cultures and perspectives to tell their story and shape their own worlds. As we try to adapt in the face of an all-encompassing global emergency, this spirit of shared storytelling and open dialogue feels more important than ever" she said.

In addition, for the first time in over 70 years, the five major arts and cultural festivals that transform Edinburgh each August (Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo), will not proceed due to concerns around the covid-19 pandemic.

Read Shona McCarthy's full statement here»

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