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This year’s Congress is part of the Culture 2014 Programme which accompanies the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow and is supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, Creative Scotland, Event Scotland and the British Council Scotland.
The World Fringe Congress is the only formal gathering of international fringe representatives and registration for the 2014 Congress is now open.
Directors and senior organisers from fringes around the world will be in the Scottish capital for the three day event to explore the opportunities and challenges experienced by each of them.
Many of the issues faced by fringes around the world are the same regardless of national boundaries.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe performers and companies will also benefit from a chance to meet World Fringe Congress delegates in person and discuss potential opportunities with them.
Speaking as registration for the World Fringe Congress was officially opened, Kath M Mainland, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said: “I am delighted that we are once again getting the chance to welcome so many colleagues and friends from fringes around the globe to Edinburgh for this hugely exciting Congress.
“It’s particularly fitting that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society hosts the Congress in 2014, given the colourful and diverse cultural calendar Scotland has planned for this year. Fringes are among the most vibrant cultural events in the world and I believe having the Congress in Edinburgh truly enriches Scotland’s cultural activity in 2014.
“This event gives fringe organisers the opportunity to sit around the table and openly discuss similarities and differences in terms of how each of their festivals operates. This means we are able to identify how we can work together and strengthen the bond among fringes across the world.
“I believe this kind of collaboration benefits the participating artists and affirms our commitment to giving the best possible experience to each and everyone taking part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
“I also want to take this opportunity to thank our partners whose invaluable support has made the staging of the Congress possible – City of Edinburgh Council, Creative Scotland, EventScotland and the British Council Scotland. The inclusion of the Congress in the Culture 2014 Programme of the Commonwealth Games will give the whole event an added focus and impetus.
“The World Fringe Congress is a really exciting cultural development and after the success of the 2012 World Fringe Congress I think the 2014 Congress promises to be a stimulating and lively event.”