Edinburgh Festival Guide: Accessible Venues
- Rowena McIntosh
- 29 July 2016
This article is from 2016.
Including Dance Base, Summerhall and the Traverse Theatre
Venues helping to make the festival more inclusive, with accessible spaces and programmes featuring signed, captioned, relaxed or audio described performances
The Edinburgh International Book Festival has a fully accessible site for wheelchair users with level access or ramped access into all venues. The Book Festival schedules some British Sign Language (BSL) performances in advance in the adult and children's programme and also operates an 'on request' service. Infra-red hearing systems are available in all theatres except the two smallest. Collect a set of earphones from the Information Desk in the Entrance Tent.
This grassmarket venue was the winner of last year's inaugural Euan's Guide Award for accessible venues. Dance Base is fully accessible with lift or level access to all areas of the building and has accessible toilets and changing facilities. Fixed induction loops are provided at the reception counter and in studio two, three and four. A portable induction loop is available for use in other areas of the building.
The International Conference Centre venue offers signed performances of comedians Daniel Sloss, Craig Hill and Jimeoin. The venue has dedicated accessible parking spaces, a disabled access sliding door, lifts with grab rails to all levels and adapted toilets on each floor.
Not all spaces are fully accessible in this B listed building. There is a step free entrance to the venue on Summerhall Square and lift access to some of the first floor and basement spaces. You can arrange a familiarisation tour prior to events. Their Fringe programme features a number of signed, captioned or relaxed performances for both theatre performances and children's shows.
From the Cambridge Street entrance there is level access to the box office with lift access to the cafe bar and theatre and adapted toilets on both levels. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome and multiple shows on the Traverse's Fringe programme of new writing are audio-scribed or signed.
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