New 'Festival Village' Housing Scheme Announced for Edinburgh Fringe | Playbill

Playbill Goes Fringe New 'Festival Village' Housing Scheme Announced for Edinburgh Fringe

In collaboration with Queen Margaret University, hundreds of Fringe artists will be housed in a special hub.

Queen Margaret University

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has partnered with Queen Margaret University to creative private accommodation for Fringe artists, creating the first true "festival village" in the Fringe's history.

Similar to the Olympic Village system, participants will have access to an onsite café, free outdoor yoga classes, rehearsal space, printing and wifi facilities, parking, and storage, as well as Fringe Society services and events for socializing and networking. 

Located on the outskirts of Edinburgh near Musselburgh, Queen Margaret University will allow artists to escape the bustle of the festival while still having easy access to the town centre via train, bus, and night transit connections. Private (lockable) single rooms are available as part of three and six-bedroom flats, and are priced from £269.50 per person per week.

Said Shona McCarthy, the Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, “We are very excited about the prospect of a festival village at the Queen Margaret University campus—not just for the accommodation it offers, but for the opportunity it presents artists to find their Fringe community, to meet and connect with each other and add another layer of value to their Fringe experience. We are grateful to the team at QMU for working with us on this imaginative collaboration as we explore longer-term opportunities to work with both the academics and the students at QMU. While encouraging, we know this development won’t magically solve all the accommodation issues faced by artists and venues. However, alongside our other ongoing efforts to secure accommodation options, while also lobbying on artists’ behalf with local and national government, it represents a very positive step in the right direction.”

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