Gilded Balloon’s Statement on Fringe 2020

For the past few weeks, in conjunction with the Fringe Society and all our festival partners, we’ve been working hard to explore all avenues to put on this summer’s festival. 

However, due to the continuing spread of the Coronavirus, the increasing threat to people’s health, and the potential need for an extended period of social distancing, we have taken the collective decision to suspend our 2020 programme as it stands. 

This means that as of today we will be taking shows off sale and automatically refunding any ticket purchases made for the 2020 Gilded Balloon programme for this Fringe, less booking fees.

Whilst we are suspending our 2020 plans and fully supporting our artists’ withdrawal from this year’s Fringe, please be assured that we remain committed to returning fully in 2021. Gilded Balloon has provided a platform for new and established artists at the world’s greatest arts festival for more than 35 years and we plan to do whatever we can to continue to do this in the future.

We are heartbroken to have had to make this decision – particularly for the artists who have made such great work and for all those people for whom the festival is so important.

We’ll be in touch once we have more news but for now, stay safe and look out for each other.

Karen, Katy and all of us at Team GB x