Welcome to the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival

The Urban Story of Briana Pegado, Founder of ESAF

The award winning Edinburgh Student Arts Festival is Scotland’s first ever student-run arts festival that brings together five higher education and further education institutions across the city.

Our aim is to encourage students to showcase their artwork to the artistic community and the public at large.

ESAF is a platform for student artists to showcase their work to the artistic community and public at large. It provides opportunities for student practitioners to develop the skills they need to further their practice and to develop to their full potential.

The aim is for these emerging artists to engage with the community in a meaningful way. By encompassing art in its widest form, performance artists, visual artists, speakers and workshop holders explored what creativity means to our society.

Over 93 visual artists and 7 collectives, 166 performance artists including our speaker and workshop series, and 17 stall market holders. This excludes the 10 visual artists that participated in the Creativity Takes Courage exhibition at Dundas Street Gallery.

ESAF launched its first year February 6-13th 2015. It took place over 7 days, within 6 venues that spanned from the Assembly Roxy, the Pleasance, Gayfield Creative Spaces & Whitespace Gallery, Bedlam Theatre, Churchill Theatre, and Dundas Street Gallery. We had 50 volunteers from all 5 institutions, 11 technical volunteers, sound assistants, lighting designers, stage manager and assistant stage managers from Edinburgh School of Lighting and Sound. We ran over 20 performances. 

By working with creative partners such as Creative Edinburgh, Codebase and the On the Rocks Festival in St Andrews– we give student artists access to Edinburgh's wider creative community.