Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe partners with QMU to create festival village for artists

Edinburgh Fringe has partnered with Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (QMU) to provide accommodation for hundreds of Fringe participants as part of a new “festival village” during Fringe 2024.

As well as accommodation, participants will have access to an on-site café, free outdoor yoga classes, rehearsal space, printing and Wi-Fi facilities, parking and storage, plus Fringe Society services and events for socialising and networking.

The partnership with QMU is one of several measures the organiser of Edinburgh Fringe is pursuing in response to the rising cost and decreasing availability of accommodation in the city.

Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “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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