The Famous Spiegeltent in St Andrew Square - Statement February 2017
R.I.P. Edinburgh’s own: The Famous Spiegeltent – evicted from her latest home, St Andrew Square, after 33 years at Edinburgh Festivals!
Big Business kills off the 97-year old Edinburgh icon with no explanation: elitists Standard Life, the Royal Bank of Scotland and other private owners, represented by private management company Essential Edinburgh, terminate festival activity for the public in St Andrew Square, despite renovations in 2008 at a reported cost of £2.6 million from the public purse.
Performing artists, festival-goers, tourists and locals alike lose a premier inner-city festival venue; the New Town loses a key source of festival footfall and associated revenue, including 50,000 ticket sales leaving the heart of the district and heading elsewhere.
13-year old cult show La Clique, local Scottish music, community and children’s company Captivate Theatre, the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival, local and international artists – homeless on the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festivals!