Fringe benefits for experts at festival

​​​​​​​The University is at the heart of the world’s biggest arts festival, with many shows featuring staff and students.

Researchers from universities across the UK – including Edinburgh – are taking part in this year’s Festival Fringe, which begins on 3 August.

For example, academics will explore a range of provocative topics – such as sex in adverts and the dark net – at the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas from 3-26 August.

By blending research findings with comedy, the series offers fresh perspectives on a range of topics, and aims to engage audiences in discussions about important issues. 

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas  

3 - 26 August

1.30pm and 8pm

The Stand’s New Town Theatre

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Provocative topics

The implications of sexualised advertising is the focus of PhD student Kat Rezai’s show.

Edinburgh scholar Anna Ross’ Doing More Drugs event explores whether paying greater heed to drug users’ personal experiences might lead to policies built on compassion, rather than retribution and punishment.

Andreas Zaunseder of the University of Aberdeen will suggest that the dark net can help people to have more control over their privacy.

Further events in the series cover topics such as doping in elite sports, issues around fake news and stigmas around talking about death.

Research engagement

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas launched as part of the Festival Fringe in 2013.

It is organised with support from Fair Pley Production Company and the Beltane Public Engagement Network – an initiative across Edinburgh’s four universities that encourages researchers to engage with the public.

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas brings provocative ideas to the public, sparking conversations that challenge audiences and presenters alike. Lively, fun and stimulating, it is a wonderful show that entertains, engages and educates. This year’s programme is absolutely fantastic, with the most amazing range of subjects.

Susan MorrisonComedian and Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas presenter

Festival city 

During the August festivals, many of the University’s buildings and outdoor spaces are transformed into performance spaces and eateries for festival-goers to enjoy.

This includes the spectacular, newly renovated McEwan Hall and St Cecilia’s Hall – Scotland’s oldest concert venue.

Related links

The University at the festivals

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

Beltane Public Engagement Network