The Festival Media Network, the trade organisation of independent media that cover the Edinburgh Festival each August, has announced it will again stage its annual debate about the role of media at the Fringe this August, though this time as part of the Fringe Central programme.
Now in its third year, this event brings together editors and publishers from each FMN publication with performers, promoters, publicists and audience members, to discuss the role the media plays at the Edinburgh Festival, how the performer and press communities can better work together, and how arts criticism is changing in the digital age.
ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Chris Cooke says: “The media environment has changed hugely at the Edinburgh Festival since we first arrived back in 1996. Coverage by traditional media outlets continues to decline, in the main, as resources there become ever tighter. But a plethora of new mainly online publications have filled the gap, each with different methods and motives”.
“As a publisher, it’s great to get the input of the wider fringe community on the role of the festival media” he continues, “and to share our ambitions, and explain the challenges of running a grass-roots independent publication. And by being part of the Fringe Central programme this year, opening up our debate to the whole festival community, I’m looking forward to this event even more”.
The FMN Media At The Fringe debate will take place on 22 Aug at Fringe Central at 2pm. FMN members are Broadway Baby, Festival Previews, FringeGuru, FringeReview, Hairline, ThreeWeeks and Whatsonstage.com.