Edinburgh Festivals Intensive 2019

This initiative supports established New Zealand performing arts practitioners to build their international capability and networks by experiencing the Edinburgh festivals in 2019.


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$3,400 towards international travel and festival tickets, plus provision of accommodation.

17 May 2019

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

  • As an individual, you must be a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must be an established arts practitioner.
  • If you are an overseas-based NZ arts practitioner you can apply, but your application must show direct benefit to NZ arts and you must have it endorsed by:
    • NZ artist(s) currently resident in NZ, and/or
    • well-established NZ-based arts organisation(s).

Eligibility for Edinburgh Festivals Intensive 2019

The opportunity is available to 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 a robust international strategy. 

Project timing

This programme takes place in Edinburgh between 14–20 August 2019. 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.

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key members of your team:

  • are more than 16 weeks overdue with a report for a previous grant or investment
  • are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement
  • were in 'default' of a funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for a new application.


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 event
  • attendance at festival shows.

Up to five performing arts delegates will be supported to take part in the 2019 programme in Edinburgh from 14-20 August 2019.  

What we fund

Creative New Zealand support for each delegate is:

  • $3,200 (towards international travel)
  • $200 towards festival tickets
  • accommodation in Edinburgh for up to seven nights.

3. Make an application


Register or Log in

To apply for this opportunity:

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first)
  2. Gather support material
  3. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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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 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 the purpose of the initiative? 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.

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 more than one
5---Good - satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4---Acceptable - satisfies all indicators
3---Minor reservations - satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2---Major reservations - satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1---Unacceptable - does not meet the indicators

Who assesses your application

An external peer assessor will assess your application. Pasifika or Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing applications from Pacific or Māori applicants. The assessors make recommendations to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

You can nominate external peer assessors, whose role is to evaluate a range of applications made for our 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 21 June 2019.

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 using the report template. 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: