Two festivals. Two cities. One unforgettable summer.

1 July 2021

After a nearly two-year wait, we’re so excited to reveal that Assembly Festival is returning to our home city as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer!

Thanks to support from the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Event Scotland, the Gateway Fund is providing invaluable support to a collective of ten producing venues to create covid-safe outdoor performance spaces to present live work and a programme of world-class digital and online performances this summer.

This year’s Assembly Festival will take place across three stages across two sites from 23 July – 29 August, including the festival favourite Palais du Variété spiegeltent and a new outdoor stage in the iconic George Square Gardens.

We’ll be revealing more news about our 2021 programming in the coming days and weeks, so sign-up for our email alerts to stay up-to-date with all that’s on offer this summer.

This summer, we’re also delighted to be working with the Coventry City of Culture Trust to create a new Festival Garden in the city centre, which will showcase a hand-picked selection of comedy, circus, cabaret, theatre, music, children’s shows and more from July to October. Sat at the Garden’s heart is the world’s largest spiegeltent, the Queen of Flanders. Making its first appearance on UK shores, the spectacular double-decker spiegeltent boasts a stunning art deco inspired design and is adorned with ornate stained glass, wood panelling and two levels of luxury red velvet seating, which has to be seen to be believed.

The Garden opens on Thursday 1 July, and we’re revealing new shows in our Coventry summer programme each Thursday. Check out what’s already on sale, and stay tuned to find out what else we have in store.

Speaking on the news of our return to our Edinburgh home, our Artistic Director, William Burdett-Coutts, commented:

“The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has suffered hugely without an event in 2020, but we are delighted to coming back for 2021 with some work. This won’t be anything like a normal festival given the circumstances and we are having to make what we are doing happen in an extremely short period of time, but the festival spirit is here and we look forward to keeping a presence this year and starting to rebuild for the future.

“We are grateful for support from Scottish Government through Event Scotland towards the programme in George Square Gardens.”

To keep up to date with events at Assembly Festival in Coventry and Edinburgh follow @AssemblyFest across social.