Calling all creative companies

A unique opportunity with a prestigious Fringe venue...

Assembly Rooms
Assembly Rooms

With the extraordinary array of festivals including the International, Fringe, Book and Art Festivals all underway, one of Edinburgh’s most stunning venues already has an eye on a fresh approach for 2016.

Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, situated in the heart of the city centre and with a long heritage as a Festival venue, is offering a blank canvas for new ideas for events, or a range of events, to bring a fresh dimension to the existing Festival stage.

Event organisers, experiential brand marketers and theatrical producers are being invited to think outside the usual festival box and present proposals that will refresh the Assembly Rooms’ role as a key city centre venue throughout August and make it ‘the place to be’.

Owned by the City of Edinburgh Council, Assembly Rooms re-opened in 2012 following a £9.2m refurbishment which restored the Georgian interior to its former glory. Now the management team is seeking approaches from interested parties who can see potential in the Assembly Rooms’ large multipurpose spaces.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Sport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The Assembly Rooms has been a prominent home for events in Edinburgh for more than 200 years. The 2012 refurbishment really breathed new life into the iconic building and over the last few years, the management team have worked hard to encourage bookings and events to go from strength to strength. We want to maximise the opportunities for this enviously positioned building during the summer festivals, making sure the venue continues to brim with comedy, creativity and burgeoning talent.”

Shona Clelland, General Manager of Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, added: "Edinburgh is a vibrant city all year round, but in August with the influx of festival visitors and performers from all over the world,. Performances are held in everything from an elevator right up to traditional theatres, and venue space is at a premium as a result. We have amazing flexible spaces and we want to talk to producers who have new ideas and cutting edge thinking for different uses, or mix of uses, at this commercial and creative time of the year.

“Assembly Rooms has a key role to play at the heart of the festivals, and we are keen to partner with organisations to maximise the potential of our inspiring venue. So, whether it’s a festival club, or a range of pop up entertainment events, or surprising alternative ideas, we want to hear about it.”

A prior information notice has been published on inviting proposals and/or notes of interest by 4 September 2015. All parties who note interest will be invited to an Open Day at Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh on 14 September 2015 with the opportunity to see the spaces and for informal dialogue with the team.

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