Studying abroad with ASA in Edinburgh, Scotland means you’ll get to do more than just study. ASA offers the exciting opportunity of interning with the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival for four weeks. As an intern, you get to do all kinds of things like reading, analyzing and improving scripts; reporting on productions and writing reviews; observing rehearsals and scouting for shows to bring to other festivals; participating in educational programs and networking events; working with the press to market shows; and participating in stage-crew and event-monitoring.
“The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events.
Our story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh International Festival, an initiative created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the Second World War. Not being part of the official programme of the International festival didn’t stop these performers – they just went ahead and staged their shows anyway. Year on year more and more performers followed their example and in 1959 the Festival Fringe Society was created in response to the success of this growing trend.
The Society formalised the existence of this collective of performances, provided information to artists, published the Fringe programme and created a central box office. Its constitution was written in line with the ethos that brought these theatre companies to Edinburgh back in 1947: that the Society was to take no part in vetting the festival’s programme. To this day that policy remains at the core of our festival and we’re proud to include in our programme anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them.” (taken from http://www.edfringe.com/about-us)
A complete listing of all performances for the 2011 Festival this August can be found here: http://www.edfringe.com/
Study Abroad with ASA in Edinburgh, Scotland and be a part of the action! Check out the program details at http://www.academicstudiesabroad.com/programs/scotland/edinburgh.