Media Release: Edinburgh’s West End gets its own circus tent for the Fringe

THE gardens of Randolph Crescent are about to turn into a new Fringe venue as the Institut français adds circus to its programme for the first time this August.

From 8 to 24 August, the tailor made big top of Belgian company T1J will be the home of the circus show L’Enfant qui

Randolph Crescent gardens are no longer sleeping. From 8 to 24 August a 150-seats circus tent, twice the size of the Institute’s theatre, will expand the Fringe experience at the Institut français.

Under the ‘Chapiteau’, the Belgian theatre company T1J will bring together acrobatics, puppetry and live music for the stunning circus show, L’Enfant qui…

Passing the doors of the impressive structure, festival-goers, neighbours and inhabitants of Edinburgh West End will discover the world of an ill child who finds his own way to escape reality through arts, his connection to Nature and the power of his imagination.

Including circus to its Vive le Fringe! programme is the latest and biggest development of the Institut français since its return to the Fringe in 2010.

Covering almost all the surface of the gardens, the circus tent will provide greater visibility to the Institut français’ presence at the Fringe and increase the attractiveness of the West End, a flourishing area that the recent arrival of the tram contributed to reinforce.


For more information or press tickets requests, please contact Vanessa Bismuth:  or 0131 225 5366

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Institut français d’Ecosse/ Venue 134 – 13 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 7TT. Box Office: 0131 225 53 66 Mon – Sun 9.30 am – 9.00 pm.

Note to editors:

L’Enfant qui… by Company T1J runs from 8 to 24 August (not 7, 11, 14, 18 & 21) at 18:00 (55 mins). Tickets: £12 (£10). Age category: 14+. Box Office: or at the Institut français – 0131 225 5366

For its Vive le Fringe! 2014, the Institut français presents the crème de la crème of French and Belgian performing arts with a fantastic mix of theatre, puppetry, circus, and even a side show… adding just a little more ‘Frenchiness’ to the Festival! Additional information can be found on Follow Vive le Fringe on Twitter @vivelefringe

The Institut français is the agency of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs with responsibility for cultural activity outside France. In Scotland, the agency is represented by the Institut français d’Ecosse (Edinburgh) which promotes French language and culture by providing French courses and organising events (film screenings, talks, exhibitions, concerts, etc.). It also aims to encourage cross-cultural exchange between France and Scotland, in cooperation with Scottish Francophile institutions. Additional information is available on or follow us on Twitter @ifecosse.

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Contact: Vanessa Bismuth