An update on Traverse Festival 2020

News 1 Apr 2020

Alongside Edinburgh’s other Festivals, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel our planned Traverse Festival 2020. Until very recently this would have been literally unimaginable to us, but we find ourselves living in unimaginable times.

We know this will be disappointing news to many – the realisation has been an upsetting one for us too.

However, with the uncertainty of when restrictions on our venue and limitations on public gatherings might be lifted, we feel that this is not only the right thing to do to support the country’s critical resources and public health, but the only option we have at this point.

We are so sorry not to be able to share the work of the incredibly exciting companies who were due to be part of this year’s Traverse Festival and are hugely grateful to them for their patience and support throughout this time. Truly, we are all in this together.

Though this may be a ‘see you later’, particularly to those who join us from far afield in August, please be assured it most certainly isn’t ‘goodbye’.

We will use the time usually spent on planning and delivering our Festival to develop new ways of supporting the discovery and creative development of the artists who will tell the stories we will all want – and need – to hear when these disrupted times are over. Though we may be offstage, we are not offline.

If you would like to, and you feel you can afford to, make a donation to the Traverse Theatre, to support us through this challenging period and help us work towards our boldest festival yet in 2021 - plus many other showcases before then - you can do so below. Every donation makes a difference.