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Fringe cash for Made in Scotland

The Edinburgh Fringe is to receive 200,000 from the Scottish Government to showcase homegrown talent, it has been announced.

The money will be used to enable Scottish-based performers to present and promote their best work.

The Made in Scotland project is intended to support more Scottish-based dance and theatre companies.

Funding comes from the 6m "Expo" aid earmarked for the Edinburgh festivals over a three-year period.

Culture minister Linda Fabiani said: "The Made in Scotland showcase will be a fantastic shop window for Scottish-based performing artists.

"During the festivals we attract culture lovers from around the world and the Expo Fund is a great opportunity to show what fantastic performers we have right here in Scotland.

"Made in Scotland will allow talented artists who may not have otherwise been able to perform to bring their most ambitious work to the Fringe."


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