Press release: Edinburgh Fringe 2021 – Quakers scale back plans

The Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh, usually transformed into Fringe Venue 40 every August, will not be operating as a venue for live performances this year due to ongoing uncertainty about what Covid-19 restrictions may still be in place. The Fringe was cancelled for the first time in 2020, and although it is likely that some events will take place this year, it is thought that the prospects for small, indoor, seated venues are not good.

Quakers at the Edinburgh Fringe

For the 31st year, Quakers will turn the Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House in Victoria Terrace into Fringe Venue 40, offering shows, workshops and a café, and raising money for charity.

Venue manager Sue Proudlove says “we try to offer a programme that springs from our Quaker values of peace, sustainability, truth and equality, but which also reflects our sense of fun”.

Meeting for Worship

With Quakers

During the Festival Fringe, silence-based Meetings for Worship take place in our Meeting Room on the top floor at the following times:

  • Sundays at 9:30 am for about 45 minutes and at 11 am for about 1 hour
  • Daily, Monday to Saturday, at 11.00 am for about 30 minutes

All are welcome to join us at any of these Meetings for Worship.