The Sick of the Fringe is returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 5 -29 August 2016 to explore the connections between health, art and science. The Sick of the Fringe (TSOTF) was commissioned by the Wellcome Trust to highlight work at the Fringe that addresses issues around wellbeing, sickness, medicine, bodies and disability. It runs events for performers and the public, and connects artists who are engaging with these themes.
TSOTF’s events will include a series at Fringe Central, Tickets to my Trauma, for artists making autobiographical pieces about their bodies and health. The series will help them explore how best to promote and protect their work.
TSOTF will also include drop-in sessions about best practice, events for producers, funding advice and a pub quiz at Doctors. Tickets for all the events can be booked via their website.
The opening event will feature Wellcome’s director, Dr Jeremy Farrar. He says: “Science does not, and cannot, exist in a vacuum. It is in the connections between people and ideas, the accidental conversations that spark debate and discussion, and the dialogue across disciplines that we find new, exciting ways of thinking and working.”
TSOTF was conceived by artist, performer and Wellcome Engagement Fellow Brian Lobel. It’s led by him and producer Tracy Gentles, of In Company Collective.
To book tickets check out the TSOTF’s website: http://thesickofthefringe.com/