City-wide student art festival begins

University students have helped create and curate Edinburgh’s first ever student-run arts festival.

The Edinburgh Student Art Festival will showcase more than 250 emerging creative talents in performance art, visual art, music and dance.

The festival runs 5 to 13 February in several spaces across the city including the Pleasance, Gayfield Creative Spaces, and the Assembly Roxy.

Edinburgh Student Art Festival

A full festival pass costs £10 and offers access to all performances. Day passes are available for £5. Attending a single performance or workshop is £3 for students and £5 for members of the public. All visual art exhibitions are free.

Thursday 5 February 2015, 12.00am

Friday 13 February 2015, 12.00am

Students of the city unite

It is the first festival to bring together students from all of Edinburgh’s higher and further education institutions: the University of Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh College, Edinburgh Napier University, and Heriot Watt University.

The week-long celebration of the arts is led by Edinburgh University Students’ Association President Briana Pegado and Queen Margaret University Student’s Union Vice President Johnny Elmer.

This is a festival run for students by students. We want to provide students with a platform to showcase their artwork to the public and explore the meaning of art in its widest form. I am very proud to see my idea come to life and humbled by the calibre of art.

Briana PegadoEdinburgh University Students’ Association President

Diverse programme

Among the hundreds of performers the festival will feature work by the Edinburgh College of Art collective, FOLD, Fringe festival stalwarts The Improverts, the Edinburgh University Footlights Company’s performance of Rent, and performances from the independent theatre company Eclectic Impact.