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First look at the new outdoor Fringe site in the car park under Edinburgh Castle

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An image has been posted showing the new MultiStory site, with Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop.

An image has been posted showing the new MultiStory site, with Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop.

New details on the MultiStory site, which will be open from August 6 to 30, have been released after Gilded Balloon, Zoo, Traverse and DanceBase secured funding from the Scottish Government and City Council for the joint venture.

Meanwhile, BBC Scotland has revealed that it will be creating a brand new pop-up venue within the grounds of the High School Yards building at the University of Edinburgh. The public will be able to watch live broadcasts featuring festival artists between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. for three weeks.

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Comedy, theater, dance, family, music and poetry performances will be presented at MultiStory, which will have a capacity of 136 people under current government distancing guidelines.

MultiStory, which is backed by public funding of £ 230,696, will have its own restaurant village on the second floor of the car park, but the sites have insisted it showcases local businesses affected by the pandemic.

The sites say a host of other Covid security measures will be in place, including wearing masks, cleaning, hand sanitizing, contactless e-tickets, and regular testing of staff and performers.

A spokesperson said: “With a view of historic Edinburgh Castle, this new festival center will bring together a group of Fringe pillars, as the area begins to recover from the pandemic.”

Zoo Artistic Director James Mackenzie said, “Our mission has always been to support the best artists to bring their work to the Fringe and present it in the best possible way, and we are happy to continue that with new collaborators. “

Four of Fringe’s major operators join forces to run the new MultiStory site in August.

Gilded Balloon Artistic Directors Katy and Karen Karen said, “We are thrilled to create a unique and safe outdoor performance center with some of Fringe’s most beloved and award-winning production locations. “

Travere Executive Producer Linda Crooks said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our audiences a new performance experience through our innovative collaboration with Gilded Balloon, Zoo and Dance Base.”

Donald Wilson, Head of Council Culture, said: “I am delighted that this exciting collaboration encompasses the best of Scottish and Edinburgh-based talent and I congratulate everyone involved in the team for bringing together such a broad program. .

“With MultiStory, we can all expect a program where audiences can once again safely share live performance experiences in this new outdoor venue.”

The creation of MultiStory, which will occupy the top two floors of the NCP car park at Castle Terrace, will effectively expand Edinburgh’s official cultural district, which includes the Filmhouse cinema, Usher Hall and the Royal Lyceum and Traverse theaters during this year. Festival.

Gilded Balloon, Dance Base and The Traverse also plan to host shows in their main indoor venues in August. Other returning venues include George Square Gardens, where Underbelly and Assembly will perform shows, Bristo Square, which will be operated by Underbelly, and Pleasance Courtyard.

A spokesperson for BBC Scotland said: “We are delighted to have a base for Edinburgh festivals again this year at the University of Edinburgh.

“Given the current situation, we have opted for a smaller pop-up site in the center of town and look forward to welcoming audiences to the radio programs broadcast and recorded there. “


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