Media release: NUJ sponsors Edinburgh International Festival event


NUJ Scotland, together with the Edinburgh & District and the Edinburgh Freelance branches, are among the trade unions part-sponsoring an event at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.

At 11am on 16 August, at the Studio Theatre, Potterrow, it tells the story of the clash between Rudolf Bing, director of the first festival in 1947, and Glasgow Unity Theatre, who were told they weren’t good enough to take part.

They came anyway – raising their own funds through some unlikely sources – and, together with other theatre groups, performed on what later became known as ‘The Fringe’.

Readings and a panel discussion will tell this fascinating story and discuss the ‘culture wars’ aspect of Edinburgh’s Festival – still a source of passionate debate.

The event, part of the ‘Spirit of ’47’ strand commemorating the 70th anniversary of the festival, continues the involvement of the NUJ and other trade unions in the EIF, which has created sell-out performances in the last few years.

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