Made in Scotland Festival presents six Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows in Brussels

This article is from 2019

Made in Scotland Festival presents six Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows in Brussels

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven / credit: Aly Wight

Dance, theatre and music take over six iconic venues in the city

For the Made in Scotland Festival the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, in partnership with Creative Scotland, Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Music Centre, has sifted through the hundreds of shows that have appeared at the Fringe to select six, that will represent the vibrant range of creative works that Scotland has to offer. Heading to Brussels for the first time, the six shows will be performed across six venues in the city from Tue 11–Fri 14 Jun.

With the six performances ranging broadly across the realms of dance, music and theatre, these shows are emotional, striking and unusual and will leave a lasting impact. Moreover, this is an attempt for Scotland to creatively work together with Europe and a show of friendship in a time when the relationship between the two is strained. Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, calls the festival 'a symbol of the intention of Scotland to remain culturally connected with our friends in the European union and wider international community'. It seems this act of extending the environment of collaboration and community that surrounds arts and culture could affect more than simply the crowds watching them and present a sense of unity and connection; it will be a chance to see something new and significant on a different stage and for outstanding artists to be showcased globally.

The diverse range of powerful and entertaining events provides something for everyone. The line-up features performance artist FK Alexander's three-hour show I Could Go On Singing (Over The Rainbow), in which she works with Glasgow-based noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association to create an engaging and atmospheric presentation of sound that captivates. Dance show Douglas, choreographed by Robbie Synge, reflects the movements and relationship between the body and its surroundings in a striking and innovative way. The world of dance is also represented by the show Dancer, starring Ian Johnson and Gary Gardiner, which is set to a soundtrack that includes Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave. Funny and forward thinking, it promises to delve into the nature of dance authentically.

Made in Scotland Festival presents six Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows in Brussels

FK Alexander

Jo Clifford's The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven is a dazzling combination of many aspects of performance, while the impactful play Letters for Peace is emotionally driven by the heart-wrenching experiences of conscientious objectors from WWI, where Graeme Stephen encourages the audience to question the concept of war through music, spoken word and imagery. Finally, Dogstar Theatre Company's The Tailor of Inverness is a moving portrayal of war and its consequences in Europe, sensitively showcasing the brutal impact it can have on its victims.

Aside from the performances there will be a range of talks, workshops and events (alongside gatherings, meeting points and late-night drinks) in the Made in Scotland festival hub after each show. The whole event will conclude with a spectacular closing party at Recyclart's brand new venue in Manchesterstraat on Fri 14 Jun.

This event sparks not only opportunity for creative and theatrical development and production but also for a future of cultural connection and solidarity between countries which speaks to and challenges an atmosphere of conflict seen far too often. Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society commented that 'the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society are very excited to have this opportunity to present a selection of works created in Scotland, and to be able to work with so many venue partners across Brussels. The Made in Scotland Festival is absolutely about presenting the best of Scottish dance, theatre and music, that has already been seen at the Fringe in Edinburgh, to a new audience here in Brussels. But also, and perhaps even more importantly, about celebrating culture's ability to unite people across borders, connections and possibility for the future.'

Made in Scotland Festival, Several locations in Brussels (Halles Saint-Géry, De Kriekelaar, Beursschouwburg, Théatre de la Vie, Zinnema, Recyclart), Tue 11–Fri 14 Jun. Find out more at