Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian, is commending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Lothian Buses for their Fringe Days Out initiative which will allow disadvantaged city residents and families to receive complimentary tickets and travel passes for fringe performances at this year’s festival. The project will see the tickets and passes distributed to 26 city charities to give to local people. Miles has tabled a Parliamentary motion about the initiative.
Speaking today Miles said:
“I commend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Lothian Buses for this positive initiative which I hope will allow many individuals and families in the city who perhaps would struggle with the full costs of attending shows to access fringe performances for the first time.
“In its 70th anniversary year, it is great to see the Edinburgh Festival Fringe continuing to engage with residents across the city and thanking them for their support over so many years.”
If you would like to read the full text of Miles' motion, please see below.
Motion Number: S5M-06671
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 10/07/2017
Title: Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s Days Out Initiative
That the Parliament welcomes the Fringe Days Out initiative from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, developed in partnership with Lothian Buses, which will see thousands of free days out at the Fringe given to individuals and families across Edinburgh; understands that the project, which has been announced as part of the first World Fringe Day on 11 July 2017, will involve 26 charities across the city receiving up to 100 sets of travel passes and box office vouchers for them to distribute to residents and families to allow them to enjoy fringe shows and free bus travel to the shows; is aware that the charities participating include Out of the Blue, Young Scot, Artlink, Capability Scotland, Lothian Autistic Society, Canongate Youth Initiative, WHALE arts project in Wester Hailes, Citadel Youth Centre in Leith and North Edinburgh Arts Centre in Muirhouse; commends this positive initiative from the Fringe and Lothian Buses, and hopes that all who benefit from it enjoy their fringe experience, including those attending shows for the first time in what is the 70th anniversary of the festival.