Like all theatres, Edinburgh's Traverse has been badly hit by the pandemic. Our new partnership project, Happenings, offers the chance to engage with theatre and culture from the comfort and safety of your own home.
The Traverse Theatre Bar is renowned as a space where important and impassioned conversations happen all year round, bringing artists and audiences together to discuss difficult issues and create fresh visions for the future. Traverse Festival Happenings capture the spirit of these conversations, bringing them online - and onto the streets. Delivered in partnership with IASH, Happenings are a series of curated artistic interventions, events, and discussions responding to the urgent question of the role of culture in society, who has a voice through it and who owns the stories told.
Expect provocations from artists, academics, cultural experts, political representatives and young Edinburgh residents. Happenings will open up the conversation across the city, the nation and the globe. The full schedule of Happenings events will be published soon: https://www.traverse.co.uk/whats-on/event/happenings Here you can also find information on all the Festival productions, events and activities currently available in Traverse 3 - their new online venue, which will be a permanent space alongside the physical stages of Traverse 1 and 2. There's a huge range of stories available, created for, or reimagined in, a variety of formats, including films, podcasts, audio plays, performed readings and open access scripts, as well as conversations and provocations for audiences to join. The Traverse has commissioned a breadth of artists to create new pieces of work especially for this year's unique Traverse Festival programme, and are delighted to be working with many partner companies and creatives to present the most cutting edge and stirring shows around, including many world premieres.
Traverse 3 is a supportive space for audiences and artists alike to explore their creativity and see life through the eyes and experiences of others, at a time when seeking common ground to celebrate what we all share, and what makes us unique, could not be more important - and our series of Happenings have been designed for audiences to get actively involved in discussing and tackling some of our most pressing societal issues.
Happenings are free to watch, listen to, read or otherwise experience, but we would be very grateful if you feel able to support our friends at the Traverse to continue to champion creativity and share stories by making a donation.
All pre-recorded video events will be fully captioned, or a full transcript is available for each piece of audio. If you would like an alternative format or have any questions about accessibility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Everything is available to watch on demand and can be paused, rewound or rewatched at any point during your viewing.