Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014: discussion events on modern arts and culture

This article is from 2014

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014: discussion events on modern arts and culture

Featuring input from poet Ron Butlin, theatremaker Rachel Chavkin and artist Alec Finlay

As well as their by now renowned performance and visual arts programme during the festival, multi-arts venue and former veterinary college Summerhall will also be showcasing a number of discussions and workshops about topical subjects in arts and culture today. There will even be one celebrating the venue itself and its purpose with Kulturnomics: Summerhall’s Multi-Arts Strategy (Mon 18 Aug), while Urban Scale and Rural Sprawl (Fri 1 Aug) will incorporate a tour of the venue’s hidden corridors into a discussion on rural and urban walking art with Deveron Arts, Alec Finlay and more.

The role of art will be discussed across various events, including Artist as Activist (Fri 22 Aug) with Sri Lankan peace campaigner Chandraguptha Thenuwara and The Artist as Healer (Thu 21 Aug), a debate on the purpose of art within the health service, while there will also be big-ticket discussion of issues facing society as a whole. Political-Economy Parallels: Diverging UK, Europe, the World? (Tue 5 Aug) and Sovereign Secrets: Independence: The Known Unknowns (Mon 11 Aug) seek to give new perspectives on changing international politics and the Scottish Independence debate, respectively.

Other highlights include an extensive thread of talks looking at the arts relationship with an audience of children and young people, a Ron Butlin-hosted celebration of prose and poetry from Europe’s northern isles in Northern Idyll (Tue 5–Sun 10 Aug) and practical creative workshops including Devising Within a Democracy (Sat 2 Aug), led by Rachel Chavkin of the excellent TEAM theatre company.