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C venues is the home of the largest theatre and new writing programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is held annually in August each year. C venues is based in northwest London excluding July and August, when it is based at Adam House, Chambers Street, Edinburgh.
C venues has a Festival team of around 200 people, and the core management team are engaged across the UK in professional theatre and events whilst the majority of operational staff are students, working on a semi-voluntary, freelance basis.
C has had its own in-house theatre company, C theatre, since 1992. The group has toured the UK. The 2007 programme included Shakespeare for Breakfast and a new production of Cinderella.
C venues is home to Edinburgh's arts events collective The Establishment, which features Packed Lunch, The Electric Cabaret and The Midnight Carousel. C venues hosted the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Editors Awards for ThreeWeeks, a festival publication.
In 2007, C venues utilised the empty site on Cowgate that was home to The Gilded Balloon until it was destroyed in a fire in 2002. This new 'Soco Urban Garden' venue suffered with the heavy rain in its first years, creating many large puddles, but has developed, giving access to the main C venue on Chambers Street.
At 2009's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, C venues was home to many productions such as Fusion's Chomp: A Zombie Musical and Latino Hideaway's Brazilian Fever, a cabaret show in association with Hartshorn-Hook Productions. There were stories and performances on display, such as Dramawise's Alice in Wonderland and Tabard Production's The Canterbury Tales.
The 2005 season reopened Edinburgh's Art Deco Cinema (the former Odeon), with a duel focus on independent contemporary film makers and film marathons combining recent releases including Harry Potter and the American Pie series. Over 70 titles were shown at the venue. The 2006 season saw Future Shorts and Future Cinema arrive at the Festival with experimental shorts and film installations. The 2007 season introduced the Critics' Choice Award for Edinburgh Festival Short Film, chosen and presented by film critic Paul Dale. The season featured work from artists across the world including Stockholm, Jerusalem, Poland, California, London and New York.