Edinburgh Festivals Intensive 2020

This initiative supports established New Zealand performing arts practitioners to build their international capability and networks by experiencing Edinburgh Festivals in 2020.


$3,300 towards international travel and festival tickets. Accommodation provided.
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Round 1
8 May 2019, 12pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

  • Individuals who are New Zealand (NZ) citizens or permanent residents.
  • NZ-based organisations
  • International arts organisations but the application must show direct benefit to NZ arts.

Eligibility for Edinburgh Festivals Intensive 2020

This is an opportunity for established performing arts practitioners who can show evidence of having an interest in and the capacity to:

  • use the Edinburgh festivals and marketplace to engage internationally and develop their international networks
  • pursue international collaborative projects
  • deliver an international project or tour-ready work
  • develop and deliver a robust international strategy. 

Project timing

This programme takes place in Edinburgh between 18–24 August 2020. Applicants must be available to be in Edinburgh for that period.

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • You must have a track record of experience and success — this means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success
    • specialised training or practical experience.

For more information about track record requirements for your artform see our Funding guidelines - the artforms we support

If you don't have the track record we're looking for, you may be able to get funding through the Creative Communities Scheme

Breaches of agreements

We cannot consider an application if you, your organisation, or key members of your project team are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement, which includes missing the deadline for reporting on a previous grant.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded


The Creative New Zealand Edinburgh Festivals Intensive is an international capability-building programme. Edinburgh festivals is the global marketplace for performing arts and the largest annual gathering of cultural figures. Selected delegates will engage in a range of activities to gain experience of the Edinburgh festivals in order to develop their international capability and knowledge. Delegates will view a variety of international work and build relationships with international artists, producers and presenters and have the opportunity to investigate the potential for future collaboration or presentation of work.

Delegates receive a bespoke itinerary which will include:

  • meetings with a wide network of relevant cultural figures and professional peers
  • workshops and seminars
  • venue tours and artist meetings
  • access to Fringe Central Arts Industry networking events
  • attendance at festival shows.

Three performing arts delegates will be supported to take part in the 2020 programme in Edinburgh from 18-24 August 2020.  

What we fund

Creative New Zealand support for each delegate is:

  • $3,000 towards international travel
  • $300 towards festival tickets
  • accommodation is provided in Edinburgh for up to seven nights.

3. Make an application

Register or Log in

  1. Start your application by logging in to the portal and selecting Edinburgh Festivals Intensive 2020.
  2. Read the Funding guidelines
  3. Gather support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material
  4. Complete each question in the portal application form.
  5. Submit your application by 1pm on the closing date.

See 'Section 4. Assessing applications' if you want more information about the assessment process and criteria.


4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:

  • The applicant’s key objectives are suitable.
  • There is potential for attendance as a delegate to result in a collaborative project or the presentation of work.
  • The applicant shows a clear understanding of the international context for their work and of Edinburgh as an international arts marketplace.


Can it be achieved? We look for the following indicators:

  • The applicant has a strong track record of presenting high-quality work.
  • The applicant has the capacity to develop long-term international relationships.
  • The work, project or practice has the potential for international success.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver to Creative New Zealand outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • The opportunity will develop the applicant’s international capability.
  • The opportunity aligns with the applicant’s own international strategy.
  • The opportunity is likely to lead to the presentation of tour-ready work and/or collaboration or exchange projects.

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

In your application you must choose the following Creative New Zealand strategic outcome to be assessed on:

  • New Zealand arts gain international success

For more information see our Funding guidelines – strategic outcomes

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score Idea, Viability and Strategic Fit:

7 — Excellent – Exceeds all indicators
6 — Very Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in two
5 — Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4 — Acceptable – Satisfies all indicators
3 — Minor reservations – Satisfies two indicators only
2 — Major reservations – Satisfies one indicator only
1 — Unacceptable – Does not meet the indicators

Who assesses your application

External peer assessors will assess your application. External peer assessors are selected based on their experience in an artform and represent the diversity within our applicants. In accordance with our legislation, Māori and Pasifika assessors will be used to assess applications to our Māori and Pacific funds or artforms. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

External peer assessors are asked to evaluate a range of applications made to Creative New Zealand’s funding programmes and initiatives against specific criteria.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants their result five weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on 12 June 2020.

At the same time we list successful applicants on who got funded

If you are successful we will also email you about your:

  • funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

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7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: