Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House and the Fringe Festival

Our 2024 plans

For the 2024 Fringe Fetival, venue 40 will be programmed by C ARTS and known as C alto. More information about bringing a show to C alto or C venues can be found at www.Cvenues.com. To see the programme and book tickets, visit www.CtheArts.com.

Minute from South East Scotland Area Meeting Festival Committee, May 15, 2023

The Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh has operated as Fringe Venue 40 for the last 25 years. It has been invigorating for both Central Edinburgh Local and South East Scotland Area Meetings, and has brought much pleasure to performers, audiences, volunteers and local Friends.

However, it has become increasingly challenging for the Festival Committee and Meeting House staff to continue to run Venue 40 in the same way. Although we used to recruit Quaker volunteers from all over Britain and beyond, we also relied heavily on a few dedicated local volunteers for crucial functions. Given the change of circumstances over the last few years we feel that at present we don’t have the resources to run as an independent venue. We have therefore decided, with much sadness, that we shall not run Fringe Venue 40 in 2023. We thank all those – audiences, performers and volunteers - who have supported us in the past, and we hope we may be able to return after a period of reassessment and reorganisation.

Some snapshots of the Venue 40 website are available from the web archive