Despite this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival boasting better access than ever before thanks to a dedicated access team who are continually working on improvements – this year will see a Mobiloo (mobile Changing Places unit), sensory backpacks for autistic audience members at some venues and improved information on access at venues – they want your feedback to ensure they can improve on it for next year.
Fringe has teamed up with disabled access review website, Euan’s Guide, as part of their commitment to making the world’s biggest arts festival as inclusive as possible. So every disabled person who uses Euan’s Guide will be offered free tickets to Fringe shows in return for disabled access reviews of festival venues. Not a bad perk for writing an access review!
Information about festival accessibility and how to request reviewer tickets can be found at euansguide.com/edfringe.
Lyndsey McLean, Community Engagement and Access Manager at Edinburgh Festival Fringe said: “Improving access at the Fringe continues to be a key priority for the Fringe Society. We work year-round to support Fringe venues through our Venue Access Award and ensure that accurate information about venues is made available to the public. In 2018 we are delighted to be introducing sensory backpacks for autistic audience members at the Virgin Money Street Events for the first time, supported by Edinburgh Tourism Action Group through the Festivals Tourism Innovation Fund. We’re delighted to continue working with Euan’s Guide on improving access across the Fringe, their reviews provide crucial feedback on the work that venues are doing to improve access, as well as highlighting areas where more work needs to be done.”
Euan, Co-founder of Euan’s Guide, said: “We’re lucky to have the world’s largest arts festival on our doorstep and have watched how the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has made improvements to its access and inclusion over the last few years. A dedicated access team, pop-up Changing Places toilet at the centre of the festival and new sensory backpacks have been stepping stones to the Fringe becoming a truly world-class festival. I look forward to reading disabled access reviews from reviewers new and old who are attending the festival this year.”