About us

C ARTS programmes and operates an online digital arts programme year-round, and theatre, performance and exhibition spaces at temporary arts venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each year. Our organisation encompasses the work of our strands C digital, C venues, C film and C theatre.

Our aims and our purpose are cultural and educational. We seek to showcase the best artistic and creative work. At the heart of what we aim to achieve is to create an environment where creativity can flourish, where people can learn from each other and develop their skills and mutual understanding, where diversity is celebrated, where participants and audiences are enriched culturally, and where participation is accessible and inclusive for all.

Our curated programme, encompassing drama, dance, physical theatre, musical theatre, music, mime, circus, cabaret, comedy, children's and family shows and visual and performance art, makes C a focus for international independent arts. Alongside a broad programme incorporating drama, new writing, physical theatre, musical theatre, and children's theatre, C has developed a speciality programming immersive, interactive and site-specific theatre, and in hosting cabaret, music, spoken word, circus theatre, physical comedy, performance art and cross-genre work, talks and discussion sessions, workshops and events involving performance, visual and literary arts.

Established in 1992, we have created performance spaces in locations as diverse as exam halls, hotels, churches, masonic lodges, Craigmillar Castle, the former New Victoria cinema, the SoCo Old Town gap site, and landmark buildings such as India Buildings on Victoria Street. Our venues at the Edinburgh Fringe have included original venues from the earliest years of the festival and some of the newest fringe venues in the city. Creative work shown at our venues has come from and toured to cities around the world, and has been awarded Fringe First, Total Theatre, Musical Theatre Matters, Infallibles, and Asian Arts awards.

Our original and atmospheric venues include our Royal Mile historic Fringe venues, C aquila at the Roman Eagle Lodge on Johnston Terrace and C cubed in the Celtic Lodge on the Lawnmarket. Our venue C south at St Peter's, Lutton Place offers facilities for aerial performance, fully accessible performance spaces and dressing rooms, and site-specific, found and outdoor performance spaces.

The nature of our project dictates that our income is not guaranteed. We operate without major sponsorship. We take a financial cost on projects with artistic merit. We seek to keep ticket prices affordable for audiences, and the costs of participation reasonable for companies and artists. Any surplus from our operation is invested into supporting our cultural and educational aims.

C is and always has been a volunteer-focussed organisation. We operate our volunteer programme in line with guidance from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Volunteer Scotland and Volunteer Edinburgh. We are working with Volunteer Edinburgh to ensure that our volunteer programme offers the best possible opportunities and potential outcomes to our volunteers.

We support and participate in strategies to promote good practice including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society’s Venue Best Practice Code, Company Code of Conduct, Best Practice Guides for engaging volunteers and workers, Fringe Venue Access Award and the Scottish Green Arts Initiative. We are a founding member of Edinburgh’s Association of Independent Venue Producers, working to promote best practice at the Fringe.

Artistic Director
Associate Producer
Head of Production
Head of Operations
Programming Associate (New York)
Support Team

Hartley T A Kemp
Myles Horton
Richard Williamson
Martha Jordan
Teresa Woodall
Nick Rulon
Jack Versace

If you are interested in bringing a show or event to C, please see the information available here.

If you are interested in joining our Festival team, please see the information available here.

To contact us, please see the information available here.

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