Disabled reviewers wanted for Fringe venues

The Fringe is in search of disabled access reviewers for this year’s festival venues.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is collaborating with disabled access review website, Euan’s Guide, as part of their commitment to making the world’s biggest arts festival as inclusive as possible.

Disabled people who use Euan’s Guide will be offered free tickets to Fringe shows in return for disabled access reviews of festival venues.
Euan’s Guide is used by thousands of disabled people, their families and friends to rate the accessibility of the places they visit.

It’s been described by author Ian Rankin as ‘Trip Advisor with wheels on’ and the Fringe is working closely with Euan’s Guide to listen to what audiences, performers and the wider community think about accessibility at the festival’s venues in Edinburgh.

In the past, Euan’s Guide has run ‘Just Ask’ disability awareness workshops and recognised accessible Fringe venues with its Edinburgh Festival Fringe Award. Highly commended venues have included DanceBase, The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Grassmarket Community Project and Fringe Central.

This year, the Fringe and Euan’s Guide wants its community of reviewers to have their say about accessibility at Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues.

Local and visiting disabled people can request free tickets to a show of their choice in return for submitting a disabled access review of their experience. Information about festival accessibility and how to request reviewer tickets can be found HERE. www.euansguide.com/edfringe.

Euan MacDonald, co-founder of Euan’s Guide, said: ‘We’re lucky to have the world’s largest arts festival on our doorstep and have watched how the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has made improvements to its access and inclusion over the last few years.

‘A dedicated access team, pop-up Changing Places toilet at the centre of the festival and new sensory backpacks have been stepping stones to the Fringe becoming a truly world-class festival. I look forward to reading disabled access reviews from reviewers new and old who are attending the festival this year.’

Lyndsey McLean, community engagement and access manager at Edinburgh Festival Fringe said: ‘Improving access at the Fringe continues to be a key priority for the Fringe Society. We work year-round to support Fringe venues through our Venue Access Award and ensure that accurate information about venues is made available to the public.

‘In 2018 we are delighted to be introducing sensory backpacks for autistic audience members at the Virgin Money Street Events for the first time, supported by Edinburgh Tourism Action Group through the Festivals Tourism Innovation Fund.

‘We’re delighted to continue working with Euan’s Guide on improving access across the Fringe, their reviews provide crucial feedback on the work that venues are doing to improve access, as well as highlighting areas where more work needs to be done.’

Euan’s Guide was founded in 2013 by Euan MacDonald, a powerchair user with Motor Neurone Disease, and his sister Kiki when they were looking for recommendations on accessible places to visit. The website features thousands of friendly and honest disabled access reviews and listings in the UK and internationally.

Euan’s Guide is an award-winning charity which has been endorsed by many high-profile people including author JK Rowling and the late Professor Stephen Hawking.