Showcasing Scotland on the world’s stage

Published: 05 Oct 2022

Scottish dance, theatre and music artists invited to apply for funding to present work at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 and to take up international touring opportunities.

Onward International Touring: Applications open at 2pm, Wed 5 Oct 2022 with no deadline

Showcase Fund: Applications open at 2pm, Wed 12 Oct 2022  with a deadline of 12 noon, Tues 22 Nov 2022

Online information session: Thurs 20 Oct 2022

Kathryn Joseph performs on stage in green lights

Image: From When I Wake, Kathryn Joseph - Credit Andy Catlin

Scotland-based artists working in music, theatre and dance can apply to present their work as part of the Made in Scotland curated showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 and to take up new international touring opportunities, thanks to Scottish Government EXPO funding through Creative Scotland.

A partnership between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Creative Scotland, Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Music Centre, the Made in Scotland programme has supported over 259 shows since it began in 2009.

Creative Scotland’s Head of Theatre, Laura Mackenzie-Stuart, said:

“As Scotland retakes its place in international programmes and festivals, the Made in Scotland Showcase programme seeks to attract new and established international presenters to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“International touring, collaboration and artistic exchange continue to be a vital component in driving creative development and experimentation, increasing diversity, strengthening communities and connecting Scotland to the world.

“The successful applicants to the 2023 Made in Scotland Showcase will join an illustrious group of previous awardees, many of whom have gone on  to become well-known names in Scotland and beyond.”

Now a well-trusted curated programme of excellent theatre, dance and music, the showcase shines a spotlight on the must see shows from Scotland.  Following their 2009appearance, Catherine Wheels’ playful, highly visual children's show White has gone onto tour Australia, New Zealand, America and Denmark through the Onward Touring Fund and has since toured much of China and Europe. The Fund has also helped launch the international career of award-winning singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph, as Cryptic presented a restaging of her second album From When I Wake in Adelaide, Australia as a result of Joseph’s 2019 showcase.

Shona McCarthy, CEO of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said:

“The Made in Scotland programme is an important platform for Scottish creativity and talent.  As one of the most important arts expos in the world, the Fringe gives artists the opportunity to experiment, explore and embrace new partnerships and audiences.  We are very grateful for the support of the Scottish Government in their continued support of Made in Scotland. This strand of work ensures that there will be a range of Scottish theatre, dance and music within the Fringe programme in 2023.

“It has been a joy to watch previous participants of the Made in Scotland programme go on to exciting international touring opportunities, and we look forward to welcoming a new body of work to Fringe 2023."

Applications to the Onward International Touring Fund open at 2pm, 5 October 2022. The fund will support international touring opportunities for work seen at Edinburgh Festival Fringe between 2016 and 2022. While the fund has no deadline, applicants should apply at least eight weeks before they are due to travel. The fund has an available budget of £60,000.

Applications to the Made in Scotland Showcase Fund 2023 open at 2pm, 12 October 2022 with a deadline of 12 noon, 22 November 2022. The fund has an available budget of £300,000 and is expected to support between 15-20 productions. Applicants will be notified of the decisions mid-February 2023.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Creative Scotland will run an information session for potential applicants on 20 October 2022. To sign up please visit the booking page. The session will be recorded and made available on demand after the session. For further information follow @MadeinScotShows


Full details about the programme including how to apply are available on the Creative Scotland website.

For more information about Made in Scotland, including details of previous showcases, visit the Made in Scotland website.

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