On opposite sides of the world, two festivals agree to share everything

The Scotsman has news of a ground-breaking deal between Edinburgh and Adelaide that may set a trend for 21st century festival management:

The Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe (will) collaborate with their equivalent events in Adelaide on everything from box office systems and promotional campaigns to bringing down the costs for performers. New shows will be premiered in either Edinburgh or Adelaide and then go on tour to the other city…

EIF director Fergus Linehan said: “Other than Adelaide, there are very few events with the structure of a formal festival at the centre of it and the Fringe around it…. A bit of this is about developing shows together, but it’s also about looking at the way things are funded in future.’

Read the full report here.

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Next stop: Bayreuth and Buenos Aires? No, they tried to share a Ring and failed. Too much cultural difference.

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  • How wonderful! It was lovely to.see ENO’s shared production of Benvenuto Cellini in Rome on the poster in January. It’s the way forward in financially hard times. Some admit it, others don’t or won’t!

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