Ambitious new arts festival for Scotland


STIRLING is aiming to emulate the success of the capital by staging its very own Fringe Festival next year.

The Stirling Fringe 2013 is a small, boutique arts festival which will be staged from September 12-15 next year and will feature an array of performances including theatre, music, poetry, comedy, kids shows and art exhibitions across a range of venues. It is the first time such a multi-arts festival has been staged in the city.

The festival is being organised and programmed by Barry McDonald, a former stand-up comedian who now runs PR consultancy, Tartan Penguin Media.

Barry said: “I spend a lot of each summer in Edinburgh working for clients at the Fringe and I’ve always felt that a little of that atmosphere and diversity of performances could work in Stirling. There is such a burgeoning cultural scene in Stirling and I think a small, Fringe festival of its own would add to that.

“There is an open invitation to performers from all strands of the performing arts to stage shows. I particularly want to encourage performers and venues to stage less conventional shows in unusual venues. I’d love to capture a small amount of the original Edinburgh Festival Fringe essence.”

The Stirling Fringe is working closely with several local arts organisations, including the newly-formed Creative Stirling CIC, to deliver a successful festival.

Programming is well under way for the inaugural event and several independent venues have already agreed to stage performances. The final programme of events will be unveiled next spring.

Any performer, organisation or venue wishing to take part should contact Barry at for further information.