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Edinburgh residents urged to offer spare rooms to artists to make fringe affordable

Edinburgh's Assembly Hall. Photo: Lou Armor/Shutterstock Edinburgh's Assembly Hall. Photo: Lou Armor/Shutterstock
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Edinburgh residents are being urged to offer their spare rooms to artists at this year’s Fringe Festival in a bid to make the event more affordable.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has partnered with online platform TheatreDigsBooker, and is hoping to get more Edinburgh residents to sign up to share their spare rooms with fringe participants. TheatreDigsBooker works exclusively with theatre artists and technical staff.

The Fringe Society says it is committed to tackling the rising cost of attending the fringe as part of its five-year Fringe Blueprint. This includes increasing the availability of affordable accommodation options through partnerships with accommodation and transport providers.

Shona McCarthy, the Society’s chief executive, said: “More than a third of Edinburgh residents visit the Fringe during August and this is another way they can engage and support the artists that make this festival diverse, inclusive and amazing.

“Ensuring that those participating at the fringe, including performers, producers and technical staff can continue to bring incredible work to our city each year, irrespective of background or financial status. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to see the Fringe in a new light.”

The society adds it is looking for people who are primarily interested in the experience they and the artists can share, as opposed to financial return.

Nearly 100 private hosts are already listed on TheatreDigsBooker.com in the Edinburgh area, with some 700 digs available in total.

The Fringe Society is also partnering with student accommodation providers in Edinburgh to offer accommodation below market value in August.

Rooms have already been secured with Queen Margaret University and Napier University and it is looking for other student accommodation providers to come onboard over the coming months.

Edinburgh residents can register to host a Fringe participant at: hello.theatredigsbooker.com

Information for participants at the 2019 Fringe who are looking for a place to stay will be available here: edfringe.com/take-part

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