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In response to the current pandemic, we have established a blackout period during which time we will not be supporting some travel-related activities, despite the reopening of suspended components. There may be restrictions or conditions on projects in which public gatherings are an essential part. As a result, the contents of this page may not be up to date. Please consult our COVID-19: Information and support for the arts sector web page for details.

The presence of artists from Canada as part of 2021 Edinburgh Fringe Festival will once again be made possible this year.

Since ongoing restrictions due to COVID-19 are affecting artists’ mobility and public presentation, participation will take the form of a virtual pitch session using the new digital platform Fringe Connect.

Spotlight Canada: The Pitch happening on August 23 will showcase 10 cutting-edge performing arts companies from Canada, and foster conversations around their tour-ready works.

Our congratulations to the selected artists and companies that will represent Canada on the virtual stage.

Edinburgh, a global stage

Edinburgh is the leading city of festivals! In the summer, five independent festivals run throughout the month of August. It is one of the world’s largest marketplaces in the arts and offers a unique platform to raise artists’ cultural profile and showcase established companies and emerging talent.

Canada Council and its partners have supported and promoted the presence of Canadian artists and arts professionals in Edinburgh over the years, including with CanadaHub (2017 -2019), co-productions, Momentum Program, pitch-sessions, and industry and public events.

In a new global context, Council intends to build and strengthen relationships with its partners in Canada and in Edinburgh, bringing forward the diversity of Canada’s artistic expression and creativity, as well as fostering meaningful connections with Edinburgh audiences and beyond, in innovative and eco-responsible ways.

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