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Bedlam Theatre is a unique, entirely student-run theatre in the centre of Edinburgh. Clearly visible from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city, Bedlam is a fully operational 90-seat theatre housed in an imposing neo-gothic church. Bedlam Theatre is both a listed building and a historical landmark - a unique space and community where students maintain the building themselves throughout the year. The Edinburgh University Theatre Company puts on over 40 shows a year, and workshops and productions alike provide students with a unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of theatre, including lighting design, soundscaping, stage design, producing, directing and acting. 

ESAF's generous funding helped realise our ambitious workshop programme for Bedlam Festival 2016, our annual weeklong theatre festival of shows and workshops which aim to show off the work of the company to the wider community as well giving folk the opportunity to mount some more unconventional theatre which perhaps might not fit into a regular performance slot. We applied the theme of ‘Pushing Creative Boundaries’ to the festival for 2016, with an artistic mandate that the festival must aim to stretch the membership artistically and take full advantage of our freedom within the space. To this end, the money allowed us to invite professional theatre-makers into the venue during the week and run workshops on new technical and stylistic methods for making theatre - offering up new creative ideas for the remainder of our spring programme.

Find out more about Bedlam Festival here. 


EAMIF Sticker & Camera_Briana Pegado

Celebrating international video art and experimental film, the Edinburgh Artists' Moving Image Festival (EAMIF) aims to discover new artistic talent and widen the appreciation of artists’ moving image, whilst providing a platform for critical discourse. The festival is organised by a group of 25 volunteers and it provides a platform not only for artists, but also for those involved in the running of the event. The first festival was held at Filmhouse cinema and Summerhall with screenings, panel discussions, Q&As and specially commissioned essays. The central focus of the event was work selected from an open call which received around 600 submissions from all continents of the world. A selection of these works were joined by works from featured artists, panel discussions, Q&As, specially commissioned texts and additional screenings curated by our partner organisations.

The donation we received from ESAF allowed us to provide British Sign Language (BSL) interpeters for our three Q&A events at Filmhouse. This contributed to making our festival accessible to people who are blind or hard of hearing. Our access team also created English subtitles for all of the films shown at Filmhouse, as well as optional. audio descriptions for one screening. The funding from ESAF was integral to the accessibility of the festival. 


patrick geddes festival


Using Edinburgh as a backdrop, this two-day event seeks to understand the ideas of Patrick Geddes. Join PAS as we fuse together strands of academic and practice-based thoughts from across Scotland and around the world as we celebrate the launch of the new Patrick Geddes Young Placemaker Award.

Featuring ESAF artists, this promises to be a chocka-block end of week affair.


Thursday, 18 August 2016 at 09:00 - Friday, 19 August 2016 at 17:00


125 Princes St - 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD


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