Edinburgh festivals' supremos face the music at Born To Be Wide birthday seminar

EDINBURGH International Festival director Fergus Linehan will be just one of the guest panelists marking the 16th birthday of Edinburgh's Born To Be Wide music industry gatherings next month.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 4:55 pm
Fergus Linehan

Since 2008, those have included regular seminars featuring key figures from the music industry and covering topics as diverse as releasing music, promoting gigs, record sleeve design and many more.

On 6 February, at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, the subject of the latest seminar will be Harmonising with Edinburgh's Festivals - Developing Partnerships with the City's Music Scene at which Linehan will be joined by Hannah Schlesinger Brodie of the Edinburgh Science Festival, Niall Greig Fulton of the Film Festival, Roland Gulliver of the Book Festival, Matt Lord of the Fringe and Agnese Daverio of the Jazz & Blues Festival.

Edinburgh is known globally as the Festival City, hosting a broad range of international events across the arts and science and the discussion will address such questions as: What mutually-beneficial opportunities could develop from closer collaboration with local venues, promoters, musicians and labels throughout the year? And how can more partnerships be established?

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"Edinburgh’s festivals already offer a range of opportunities for musicians, DJs, venues, promoters and production professionals,” says Olaf Furniss, who founded Born to be Wide as an informal social night for the Scottish music scene.

He adds, "The panel will look at how collaborations with the music scene can be further developed and how to address challenges which arise in August such as the availability of venues.”

The panel discussion will be followed by an opportunity for speakers and people from the music scene to socialise to tunes selected by guest DJs who will be invited to play any tracks they like with the exception of The Smiths/Morrissey and Joy Division.

The evening marks the 16th birthday of Born To Be Wide, which was founded in 2004 to bring together Scotland’s music scene and led to the creation of the Wide Days convention in 2010 and the Off The Record youth events in 2013.

Born To Be Wide: Harmonising with Edinburgh's Festivals - Developing Partnerships with the City's Music Scene, The Pleasance (Cabaret Bar), Thursday 6 February, 7pm, £6 (£4 students), http://borntobewide.co.uk