Festivals on campus 2022

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Following last year’s cautious return to Festival activity with mostly outdoor venues, the Festivals team continues the same careful road back to normality. With a close eye on both government guidance and our audience’s safety, we look forward to welcoming back more performances in our usual locations.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A photography from the 2017 festival

Assembly and Underbelly will return to share George Square Gardens, with Assembly also running their usual venues in 40 and 50 George Square and the Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre. They will also be operating the Assembly Hall at New College. Underbelly will also be running McEwan Hall, Reid Hall and the Medical Quad.

EUSA welcome back Gilded Balloon and Pleasance to Teviot Row House and Potterrow, with a new venue – Potterrow Plaza.

The Gilded Balloon will be back in Adam House this year and will also be using two rooms in 7/8 Chambers Street.

The Pleasance will be back in full swing this year, using both EUSA spaces and Sport and Exercise halls.

Zoo venues will be using the Teaching Hub at High School Yards after their first successful year in 2019, and Space UK will be using rooms in the Lister Building.

In Old College, the Playfair Library will be used by the Lyceum Theatre for a wonderful theatre performance The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.


Edinburgh International Book Festival

Festival fan Oona Dooks, The Gruffalo (created by famous children’s author Julia Donaldson), spoken word artist Bemz and Book Festival Director Nick Barley at the launch of this year’s programme at ECA.

After their successful first year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival return to Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). With more venues inside and a larger offering outside including the cafe, bar, play area and the famous book shop, the events here will be complemented by the use of the Central Hall on Tollcross.

Staff discounts

The Book Festival is delighted to offer a discount on book purchases in their online bookshop as part of the University sponsorship of the event. A discount of 15 per cent on bulk orders (requested directly and invoiced) and a 10 per cent online discount for staff and students.

Look out for the code and more Festival offers on the Staff News webpages later this month.