British Council has opened its Edinburgh International Festival Artist Development Programme for 2019, and is looking for minority ethnic and / or disabled artists who want to take work to the world-renowned festival. The programme takes place 20–22 August 2019.
Successful artists will receive a ticket budget to see a diverse range of shows, attend events and expand professional networks. They will also gain special access to British Council's Edinburgh Showcase, with its hand-picked selection of international artists.
Apply here. Deadline for applications is 5 May 2019.
Steven Brett, British Council's Theatre and Dance Programme Manager, says: "It's hard to gain practical knowledge about the pros and cons of taking work to Edinburgh. That's why this programme helps artists to explore the festival, and talk to Edinburgh Fringe veterans before deciding when and if it's right to take a show to the Fringe."
"Ongoing conversations with disabled and minority ethnic artists continue to indicate that people assume the Edinburgh Fringe isn't for them. Although there has been some positive change, these groups are still underrepresented at the festival. We hope that continuing our Artist Development Programme helps to change this, and many of our programme alumni have since found success in Edinburgh."
Alumni of the Artists Development Programme include Selina Thompson, whose award-winning production .salt was subsequently selected for the Edinburgh Showcase 2017 programme and found toured successfully in Brazil, Australia, Canada and the US. Dance artist Seeta Patel, who took part in 2015, is taking her show Not Today's Yesterday to the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Edinburgh Showcase 2019.