After much thought, discussion, soul searching and weighing up of pros and cons, the Freestival team have decided to take a break from the Fringe for this year.
All of us involved in Freestival give a huge commitment in time, energy and money to make the project a success for everyone. This year we have personal and professional things that we have to attend to and cannot give the thousands of work hours needed to ensure Freestival 2016 is as good as it can be.
Our passion is undiminished however, and we are already working on our 2017 offering, putting in place the relationships needed behind the scenes to make the project fly.
Our sponsor led model is vitally important in the fight against ever increasing ticket prices at the Fringe, the devaluing of the performers time and creativity with poorly provisioned venues and the burden of excessive costs on performers. Our aim is to give performers the financial and creative freedom the Fringe should offer in a way that allows them to focus on their performance and not on how many chairs are missing from the venue.
We have to thank those of you who have worked with us in 2015/16, supported us, and given us your trust. At Freestival we know how hard you work and that knowledge has driven us to work hard in turn. Whether it was Dan almost lopping his thumb off putting up a lighting rig 30ft in the air at 4am, or Alex personally handing out 6000 guides because last minute surprise funding cuts meant we couldn’t afford the flyering team, or Jools flying up and down to Edinburgh for meetings or Gemma telling us all off, having a baby, dealing with problems continually and doing so teetotal!
Enjoy your Fringe in 2016 and we can’t wait to see you all again soon. If you would like to contact us with ideas or thoughts then feel free our door is open while we work up our 2017 plans.
See you on the other side…
The Freestival Team
p.s. - To rule out any doubt early - Cowgatehead is definitely not our venue this year.