Canadian talent takes centre stage at the Pitch Session at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

News release July 10th 2024

Canadian talent takes centre stage at the Pitch Session at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

News release

London, UK – July 9, 2024

The Department of Canadian Heritage and the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom are pleased to announce their support for Canada’s artistic presence at the Edinburgh Fringe 2024.  

 

Further to a call for submissions in April and a peer-curated selection process, ten diverse productions will be showcased at Spotlight Canada: The Pitch Session 2024. 

This exclusive in-person event will take place on Monday, August 19, 2024. It will feature five-minute pitches by the ten selected projects, as well as a Q&A with the artists and a moderator, for an audience of international producers, artistic directors, festival curators, presenters, and programmers from around the globe.  

 

Congratulations to these artists and companies featured as participants in Spotlight Canada: The Pitch Session 

 

  • Bob Marley: How Reggae Changed the World, Duane Forrest supported by Why Not Theatre (Toronto, Ontario) 

 

The High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom, alongside our partners at the Department of Canadian Heritage, is pleased to collaborate for this seventh edition of Spotlight Canada: The Pitch Session and to revitalize connections with programming and artistic partners in Edinburgh and beyond.  

 

“Canada is proud to showcase some of its best performing arts companies, both in the U.K. and around the world. We’re thrilled that future partners at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will get a chance to connect and explore business opportunities with this year’s Canadian delegation. Our longstanding collaboration with this event means we’re well placed to see our unique and world-class talent share even more of our art and culture.” 

The Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Canadian Heritage 

  

Spotlight Canada: The Pitch Session 2024 offers a unique platform for Canadian performers to showcase Canadian art and culture at the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Now in its 7th year, the Pitch Session presents a tremendous opportunity for Canadian artists to gain global recognition, secure international touring opportunities, and cultivate creative partnerships within the UK and beyond. I hope you will join us for this exclusive in-person event, and be sure to catch these captivating shows during the festival from August 2 to 26.” 

The Honourable Ralph E. Goodale, PC, High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom 

 

Canadian Heritage  

Canadian Heritage and its portfolio organizations play a vital role in the cultural, civic and economic life of Canadians. Arts, culture and heritage represent more than $57 billion in the Canadian economy and close to 673,000 jobs in sectors such as film and video, broadcasting, music, publishing, archives, performing arts, heritage institutions, festivals and celebrations. 

High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom 

The High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom enriches the Canada-UK bilateral relationship across cultural and creative industries by offering a range of services and support to maintain a thriving, innovative creative industries ecosystem, helping take Canadian content to the UK. Our trade commissioners support Canadian companies with market intelligence, identify new business opportunities, and find qualified contacts to help them succeed in the United Kingdom. 

 

Media contacts 

High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom  

Press Office 

pressoffice-bureaudepresse.ldn@international.gc.ca  

+44 (0) 207 004 6114 

 

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