Andrea Ritchie was our doctoral intern from the University of Glasgow, working with us until Oct 2020 to do a full review of LGBTQ+ representation at the Fringe and the structural / systemic barriers to inclusion. The findings of the research were presented to the Fringe Society in 2021, who invited us to become a Strategic Partner for Fringe 2021 and 2022.
We are so happy that more than 25% of 2019's LGBTQ+ performers and shows have taken part in our LGBTQ+ Fringe Community Consultation. With such brilliant insights and support, we have been able to shape our strategic partnership with the Fringe Society, and our Somewhere at the Fringe 2022 is guaranteed to be even bigger and better!
Following on from our successful launch in 2018, we had a brilliant Somewhere at the Fringe 2019, championing the fantastic work made for, by or about our LGBTQ+ community.
2019 marked 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York and the moment in history which created the global Pride movement. With that in mind, last year we decided to feature our Somewhere 50 covering comedy, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, dance and physical theatre, music and events.
Our #Somewhere50 showcased a quarter of the whole LGBTQ+ offering (200+ shows) at 2019's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and throughout August we featured many interviews and reviews from our fantastic team of #SomewhereAtTheFringe volunteers.
We really enjoyed hearing your LGBTQ+ Fringe stories at our Social Responsibility and Sustainability Hub at the Bayes Centre.
With all your feedback, combined with our 2020 internship project with the University of Glasgow and the launch of Somewhere: For Us magazine, we are so pleased to have become a Strategic Partner to the Fringe Society in 2021, now extended into 2022.
Interested in volunteering for our 2022 team of writers and interviewers? Get in touch!
In 2019, nearly 5% of the Fringe was LGBTQ+, which means out of 3841 shows,
our Somewhere: At The Fringe Guide was able to showcase over 200!
We separated the Somewhere Guide into four parts:
PART ONE: Comedy
PART TWO: Theatre
PART THREE: Cabaret, Dance
& Physical Theatre, Music,
Musical and Opera
PART FOUR: Spoken Word,
Events & Children's
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