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Edinburgh Fringe venue The World seeks new home

Mercy Madonna Of Malawi
Mercy Madonna Of Malawi was one of The World's acts last year

An award-winning Edinburgh Fringe venue has vowed to return next year at a new location in the city after pulling out of this year's festival.

The World, a music and dance venue at St George's West Church in Shandwick Place, has been running for 15 years.

Despite backing from singers Kylie Minogue and Peter Gabriel and Hollywood actor Brian Cox, it has made a £140,000 loss over the past two years.

Producers said they planned to move to the High Street area of the city.

John Simpson, co-producer of The World, said it was "very sad news" for the West End church which has been the venue's home.

He told BBC Scotland news website: "We have a very difficult model as we bring in large groups from around the world, which is very expensive.

"We are taking time out to plan how we can be more cost effective so that we can come back bigger and better next year in a venue more central to where most of the other Fringe venues are situated.

"I have spoken with Brian Cox and he is vowing to help fight on to next year as well."

Only one of the venue's acts will be playing at the festival this year, with Capoeira Knights: The Boys From Brazil taking to the stage at the Udderbelly.

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