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New Waverley Arches to be transformed into Fringe venue

July 24 2015

New Waverley Arches to be transformed into Fringe venue
A set of Victorian C-listed arches in Edinburgh are to become the newest venue for the Edinburgh Fringe festival after developers announced plans to host Freestival within the space.

Up to 40 free shows will run every day within brick vaults beneath Jeffrey Street, a key part of the £150m New Waverley master plan being delivered by Artisan Real Estate.

Following the festival it is planned to make the 19 arches the centrepiece of a permanent arts and leisure quarter, including a three-storey glass fronted structure and rooftop terrace offering expansive views across the Waverley Valley.

Dan Adams of Freestival said: “This is quite simply one of the most exciting developments to hit the Fringe in years.  Together with partners La Favorita, we are creating a brand new entertainment area right in the heart of the city – yet at its core lies a stunning performance space which has remained largely unseen and untouched since mid-Victorian times.”

This will be populated by a range of bars, restaurants and retailers when it opens later in the year.

1 Comment

#1 Posted by Graeme on 24 Jul 2015 at 17:06 PM
Why no mention that this site was used as a venue for the Hidden Door Festival in 2014?

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