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Expressions of Interest for Canadian Arts Presenters to attend the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A group of delegates are sitting around a big table in a crowded restaurant, smiling for a photo. The photographer is taking the photo from the short end of the table.
Members of the 2022 Canadian delegation at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Expressions of Interest for Canadian Arts Presenters are now open for support to attend the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe from August 14-22, 2023.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival happening throughout the month of August and has featured more than 55,000 performances of over 3,000 different shows in approximately 300 venues.  

It is an open access (or “unjuried”) performing arts festival, meaning there is no selection committee, and anyone may participate, with any type of performance. The official Fringe Programme categorizes shows into sections for theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

The final delegation will be confirmed upon approval of funding.

Expression of Interest Closing Date: June 5, 2023 at 4pm EST 

Notification: June 16, 2023

Event dates: August 14-22, 2023

Project Objective 

  • to promote the discoverability of the Canadian artistic scene through the interaction of professional Canadian presenters at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival;
  • to build strong international networks in the performing arts;
  • to tour international artists working in partnership with venues across the country.

Eligibility Criteria

Presenters must meet the following criteria: 

  • Must have previous experience hosting international work.
  • Must have the human and financial resources to program international work.
  • Demonstrate the ability to return home and champion the work you have seen to your region and network.
  • Must have the capacity to build relationships across networks in Canada to promote International projects.
  • Must have the knowledge of the Canadian performing arts sector to be able to act as an ambassador for Canadian artists on the International scene.
  • Must be willing and can demonstrate a willingness to encourage international exchange and collaborations

CAPACOA will be responsible for: 

  • Airfare from Canada to Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 7 night’s accommodations
  • Organization of travel arrangements
  • Coordination of meetings and schedule during the event 

The presenter will be responsible for:

  • $750 contribution towards airfare and hotel costs
  • Ground transportation and per diem 
  • Performance Tickets
  • Submitting a final report to CAPACOA

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Your expression of interest does not guarantee participation – participants will be selected by jury. If you have any questions please contact Judy Harquail at

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  1. Hopefully we see more diversity on the delegation when compared to past years

  2. Will there be more diversity in the next group?

    • Thank you for your comment, Tom. It’s great hearing from you! We are always excited to send diverse delegations abroad and we invite members of presenting organizations from all backgrounds to apply. The always-changing jury selects individuals to form a delegation that is diverse in many regards, including geographical, programming, and cultural diversity, in addition to those who feel they have the means to be champions for artists in Canada, and for international artists hoping to come here. We look forward to receiving many more applications in the future from across our membership!

      If you have any more questions regarding this and/or future delegations, please do not hesitate to reach out to Judy Harquail, CAPACOA’s International Market Development Consultant and Strategist, at


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