It was sadly, but understandably announced today that the five Edinburgh Festivals will not go ahead this year. You can read more here.
Edinburgh International Festival Morning Recitals
These will not go ahead in 2020, but will return in 2021. Fergus Linehan, Festival Director says,
“We are hugely disappointed to announce this cancellation but given the current outlook we believe it is the correct decision. We recognise that Edinburgh’s festivals play a very important role in the cultural, social and economic lives of our city and country, and this decision has not been taken lightly. Our thoughts are with all the country’s key workers and we hope that we can celebrate your heroic efforts when this awful pandemic has passed.
“The Edinburgh International Festival was born out of adversity – an urgent need to reconnect and rebuild. The current crisis presents all at the Festival with a similar sense of urgency. Work begins straight away on a 2021 Festival season that will boost both our spirits and our economy.
“As we observe our essential social distancing we can, I hope, look forward to being back together soon: sharing brilliant music, theatre, dance, literature and art from the greatest creative minds of our time. Until then, thank you for all your good wishes and keep safe in the coming months.”
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
We are not at this time cancelling Daniel Sloss HUBRIS, but will of course only proceed if it is deemed safe to do so nearer the time.
Please see a message from Daniel to his social media followers today:
"I promise that none of us want to be writing about trivial things in the scheme of what is happening all around us with COVID-19 but just to let you know "my people" aren't canceling my Ed Fringe season of HUBRIS yet. I'm an Edinburgh local and my venue is a wonderful year round venue so I have the small luxury of a bit more time. We will absolutely not do anything that isn't safe or legal or in shite taste, and anyone who wants a refund from the fringe can of course have that. Absolutely. But maybe this clusterf*ck will be over and we'll all be desperate to get together, however socially distanced we might need to be and to be able to laugh in the same room with friends again. Who knows? You can also hang on to your tickets and get a refund later if the gigs do have to be pulled. All ongoing sales will be from The Queen's Hall box office and details on danielsloss.com. Please stay safe, be kind and hopefully see you in August."