We are teaming up with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and the City of Edinburgh Council, have launched a brand new community scheme aimed at providing complimentary tickets to Fringe shows for children who are being cared for by City of Edinburgh Council.
The project called ‘Fringe Access – Looked-After Children’ comes on the back of a successful pilot last year when tickets to Fringe shows were made available to children whose circumstances mean they would not normally be able to attend.
Unveiling the new scheme, Kath M. Mainland CBE, Chief Executive of the Fringe Society said:
We want to help provide some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in the City an opportunity to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I truly believe access to, and engagement with the arts is fundamental for people of all ages and I’m overjoyed we are in the position to be able to offer young people and children of Edinburgh the chance to get involved and be inspired at this year’s Fringe.
This August the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will see 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows from 49 countries in 313 venues across Edinburgh. Over 1,400 young people and children are in the City of Edinburgh care system, and ‘Fringe Access – Looked After Children’ will provide them with a unique opportunity to participate in the kind of cultural and entertainment opportunities readily available to many other children and young people.
Paul Lloyd, Marketing Director at Virgin Money said:
We are proud to support this initiative to help children in care in Edinburgh experience the wonder of the Fringe. We always welcome inclusive and community-spirited initiatives and we think that this is a brilliant example.