Our students have been continuing their individual mentorships with their organizations and are getting a little sentimental as the festival begins to wind down a bit, but opportunities continue to pop up to network with companies, presenters, and some venues as people become more at ease.
Yesterday, we watched the turnover of the Main Hall in Summerhall. As the cast of Detention! went about setting the stage for their physical comedy performance, we watched the group from Hong Kong as they meticulously checked their lights and sound, loaded their set in, and practiced some of the more difficult maneuvers to ensure safety. This gave the students the chance to see how quickly companies must restore the venue to its original state to ensure that venues can program as many acts as possible and so that companies can save money on rental fees.
Today, we attended the Fringe Guide to Running a Venue at Fringe Central where Christabel Anderson, Barry Church-Woods, and Malcolm Kennedy, Building Standards Surveyor for the city of Edinburgh gave us the rundown on how to start a venue on our own. They addressed costs, safety provisions, and licensing requirements as well as gave us the skinny on how big venues go about the process of expansion. We also talked about how to choose a space for your venue and the differences between creating a temporary or permanent space.
Afterward, we traveled to Summerhall for class and checked in regarding our company mentorships and then attended Music Hack Scotland in the Dissection Room. At this seminar/workshop, The Scottish Music Industry Association walks us through the biggest up-and-coming technologies in Music Production, and allows participants to toy with some of them. The array of musicians and software developers in the room presented a series of inspirational sessions with Matthew Herbert, FOUND, Yann, Seznec and other pioneers of music technology. This is open to anyone (including those not taking part in the full hack).
Fringe U Interns '12
Zach Blackwood and Samantha Hesslein are juniors in Drexel's EAM program completing volunteer work to fulfill Drexel University's experiential learning requirements.