Edinburgh Festival Fringe launches new streaming platform

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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Brand new Fringe Player to host virtual performances, and show registration dates for 2021 acts revealed

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has announced the launch of the Fringe Player, a brand new streaming platform accessible to any registered show or venue, to help bring the Fringe to international audiences and facilitate a hybrid approach for this year's event.

Show registration for 2021 will open on Wednesday 5 May and remain open until the end of the festival, running from Friday 6 – Monday 30 August.

Despite a huge amount of uncertainty still surrounding this year's festival season and how it will look under ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the Fringe Society say they are preparing for multiple scenarios, involving both socially distanced and virtual performances.

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said: 'We're delighted to be able to open registration for 2021. Of course, we're still very much in planning mode as we await further updates from the Scottish Government, but this feels like a hugely positive step in the right direction.

Through the work being created across the various digital platforms, including the Fringe Player, artists have a brilliant opportunity to reach audiences and communities all over the world. I look forward to seeing how our Fringe creatives use these platforms in 2021 and beyond.'

This announcement comes after the Edinburgh International Festival organisers revealed their plans to create three new bespoke pavilions to facilitate live performances at this year's EIF, running alongside the Fringe from 7–29 August.

Tickets for the Edinburgh Fringe will go on sale in early summer, with all performers and venues expected to adhere to the latest Scottish government guidelines.

Find out more about this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe or register a show at edfringe.com

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