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Vive le Fringe! 2019 at the Institut français d’Ecosse

From 1 August 00:00 to 31 August


Vive le Fringe!, now in its 9th year, is the Institut français d’Ecosse’s celebration of Edinburgh’s August festivals. Those who attended in 2018 will note that we have invested heavily in our main performance space. Now equipped with retractable raked seating for 80, a suspended truss, and improved light and sound equipment, the Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard is set to become one of Edinburgh’s finest and most flexible venues for music, cinema, dance, and theatre. Our 2019 programme reflects this with a varied lineup of live performance, digital media, and classical music.

And while Vive le Fringe! evokes the name of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it also celebrates and promotes France’s official participation in the capital’s other major festivals: the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. So dive into this guide and discover what France and the Institut français d’Ecosse are bringing to Edinburgh.

Long live the Fringe!

Learn more about our shows and discover French presence at the summer festivals in our brochure!

Right in the Eye - Live Movie-Concert of Georges Méliès’ Films
Alcoléa & Cie

A live trio of French musicians intertwine playful modern compositions and the fantasy of the legendary filmmaker Georges Méliès, father of cinema and the inventor of special effects. French composer Jean-François Alcoléa and his fellow musicians use sound and image to create a universe as inventive as the filmmaker’s creations were. ’It is at once inventive, elegant and moving’ (Chronique, Festival OFF d’Avignon). ’Creatively intelligent. All the sounds and music brought Georges Méliès’ films to life’ (Houstonian).

Times and dates
Length: 1 hour
2-4, 6-10, 12-14, 16-25 August at 1.30pm
11 August at 8pm
Institut français d’Écosse | salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (1st floor)
£10, £8 (concession), £6 (family)

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Right in the Eye has received financial support from

"Worldwidewestern"
Raphaël Gouisset / Les Particules

No horse, no band of Apache warriors waiting with knives between their teeth, no pretty French cancan dancer for the hero to shag, no grit, dust or duty for historical accuracy. This cowboy doesn’t care. The Wild West is just a click away on the World Wide Web. Fascinated by cowboys’ squinty-eyed looks, and armed only with the savoir-faire of a modern geek, Raphael Gouisset, Associate Artist at La Manufacture Centre Dramatique National Nancy-Lorraine, stars in this digital western lauded for showing ’theatre and digital technologies can join forces for the best of live performance’ (L’Est Républicain).

Times and dates
Length: 55 minutes
12, 13, 16-18, 20-25 August at 7pm
14 August at 3.30pm
Institut français d’Écosse | salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (1st floor)
£10, £8 (concession), £6 (family)

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Wagner and Brahms - Classical Music Concert
Alec Frank-Gemmill

Alec Frank-Gemmill directs Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and the Serenade No 1 by Brahms in its original version for nonet. Ensemble 1880 comprises the best classical musicians Scotland has to offer, performing on instruments of the time.

Times and dates
Length: 1 hour 15 minutes
13 August at 9pm
Institut français d’Écosse | salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (1st floor)
£10, £8 (concession), £6 (family)

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Debussy and Beethoven - Chamber Music Concert
Quatuor Mona

This young string quartet, founded in 2018, is born out of the friendship of four former students at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. In addition to their participation to the Edinburgh International Festival, they will offer a rendition of the Debussy Quartet and of the Beethoven op. 59 no. 2 at the Institut.

Verena Chen, violin
Roxana Rastegar, violin
Arianna Smith, viola
Caroline Sypniewski, cello

Times and dates
Length: 1 hour
18 August at 8.30pm
Free _

Quatuor Mona plays Debussy & Beethoven is delivered in partnership with

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Institut français d’Ecosse
Venue 168
Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (first floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Access Details
The Institut français d’Ecosse and the Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard are fully accessible with step-free access available at West Parliament Square and George IV Bridge.

IFE Membership and Discount Rates
The Institut programmes many members-only events and offers discounted member rates at other events. Find out more about becoming a member of the Institut français d’Ecosse.

Vive le Fringe! Artwork
Rivka Louvart de Pontlevoye

Photo Credits
Raphaël Gouisset / Les Particules; Alcoléa & Cie; Alec-Frank Gemmill; ProQuartet centre européen de musique de chambre.

Institut Français Écosse 2019