Due to funding constraints as a result of cuts to the creative and public sectors the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF) will cease to exist within the next few months.
On behalf of the ESAF Founder and Festival Director, Briana Pegado, and the over a thousands volunteers, creatives, artists, organisations, venues, individuals, advisory board members and creative ideas that have allowed this programme to flourish over the last three years, we would like to say thank you.
As the Year of Young People approaches in Scotland for 2018, a plethora of opportunities for young people will emerge to help make the arts and creative sector more accessible, equal and open for emerging creatives across Scotland.
You may see the ethos of this festival evolve and live a second life in another guise over the coming year.
A special thank you to the University of Edinburgh, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA), Queen Margaret University Students' Union (QMUSU), Edinburgh City Council, the Biscuit Factory and others including the now closed Gayfield Creative Spaces - we are forever grateful and in your debt for providing a platform for emerging creatives in Edinburgh.