The Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund was established in 2007 to help maintain the global competitive edge of the festivals, to increase funding available to Scottish-based artists and practitioners and to encourage creative collaborations. The Fund started in 2008-9 and since then has provided a total of £2 million per year in support to the main 12 Edinburgh festivals under the umbrella of Festivals Edinburgh.
It is aimed at supporting: touring within or outwith Scotland of works premiered at the festivals; work by Scottish-based artists and arts companies, and collaborative work with international artists.
The funding enables ambitious and innovative projects for audiences in Scotland and overseas, including collaborations between the festivals, international artists and creators. The assessment process and funding is administered by Creative Scotland.
Part of the fund is ear-marked for supporting the ‘Made in Scotland’ curated showcase of high quality Scottish dance and theatre artists and companies at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The 2011 programme included 17 companies representing some of the finest quality of work produced in Scotland today receiving a number of awards including:
- Fringe First (Traverse/Ten Plagues)
- Herald Angels (Junction 25/I hope my heart goes first)
- Stage award for acting excellence (Citizens Theatre/Monster in the Hall).