How to… create a successful volunteer programme

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09 Nov 2017

Volunteering in the arts should be an enriching experience, says Cathryn Peach. She shares five tips for designing programmes that motivate, empower and inspire volunteers.

Edinburgh in a wheelchair

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07 Sep 2017

Andrew Miller, a regular visitor to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, shares his shocking experiences of inaccessible venues, poor seats and the city’s precarious pavements.

Making money on the fringes

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05 Sep 2017

Some fringe festival productions win international touring contracts, but far too many lose out financially. Jessica Cheetham discusses a model that is offering affordable opportunities for artists. 

Scotland pledges additional £10m for Edinburgh Festivals

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01 Sep 2017

Money for cultural content and skills development will be delivered across a five-year programme, starting in 2018.

Calls for Edinburgh Fringe to take action on ‘exploitation’

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17 Aug 2017

MP Tommy Sheppard has echoed calls by a new union-led campaign for fair wages and working conditions at the Fringe festival.

Hands off!

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05 Jul 2017

How can festivals promote a zero-tolerance approach to crime, including sexual assault, and what can be done if incidents do occur? Renae Brown shares some advice.

Lessons from Hong Kong

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28 Jun 2017

Programming both Cantonese and western opera, the Hong Kong Arts Festival has a challenge when it comes to audience development. Tisa Ho shares her strategy.

Scotland’s perfect stage

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08 Jun 2017

Scotland’s year-round programme of cultural events attracts huge numbers of international visitors, but it takes careful strategic planning and continuous improvement, says Stuart Turner.

Open for all

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25 May 2017

How do fringe festivals ensure quality when anyone can choose to stage an event? Cath Mattos reveals her approach at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

My Gurus - Ottilia Ördög

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27 Apr 2017

Ottilia Ördög goes back to her roots to name the inspirations in her life.

Refugees to the fore

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19 Apr 2017

As an arts festival with an explicit social change mission, Refugee Week faces some unique challenges. Emily Churchill Zaraa discusses how it tackles them head on. 

Spreading like bushfire

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27 Feb 2017

Damning research has woken Australia up to the situation for indigenous artists in the country. It’s time for their voices to be heard, says Jacob Boehme

Bridging the gap

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30 Nov 2016

As the funding landscape shifted, universities emerged as an ideal partner for creative producers Threshold Studios. Uzma Johal and Barry Hale reveal how they have been collaborating with the University of Lincoln. 

Valuable visitor data

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03 Nov 2016

As many organisers of outdoor arts events have a love–hate relationship with collecting data from visitors, Vishalakshi Roy offers some advice on how to make it a more positive experience.

Selecting a showcase

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20 Oct 2016

Productions chosen for the Made in Scotland showcase gain a stamp of quality, but how are they selected? Wendy Niblock asks members of the panel what they are looking for.

How to… develop an arts festival in a time of austerity

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16 Sep 2016

How do you market classical music to people who've never been to a concert? Thomas Kemp offers some practical advice for anyone looking to launch an arts festival.

Edinburgh’s festivals generate £313m for Scotland

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29 Jul 2016

A large-scale study has found that the growth of the festivals is benefiting the tourism and hospitality sectors. 

Behind the curtain: The thrill of starting your own festival

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19 Jul 2016

How did three young people who chose not to go to university end up running one of the most innovative cross-artform festivals in Cambridge? 

Ticket sales continue to grow for disabled music fans

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13 Jul 2016

Disabled music fans and their assistants attending events such as Glastonbury and Latitude Festival brought an estimated £7.5m to the economy in 2015.

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